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The Wrong Question

Trusting God to give us the right answers

When something bad or tragic happens to someone many react with the question WHY. Why him? Why her? Why me? It’s a futile question. It is a question based upon doubt in the goodness and power of God. If there were an answer to this question there would be no need to trust in His sovereignty, mercy, and grace. It’s more than a question, it’s an accusation directed toward God. God is the only one with the power to intervene and cause a change in someone’s circumstances.

Job did not react this way when his children were killed and everything that he had worked for was stolen. Job lost his health and suffered in pain. His close friends falsely accused him of doing things that he had rejected. His wife gave up on him. But Job sets an example for us when he says: “ . . . I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD” Job 1:21 (NLT). Job shows us complete trust in God even though everything was bleak.

Jesus looked like a failure. His mission seemed unfulfilled. Those entrusted to build His church seemed incompetent to build anything long-lasting. He died an ignominious death with two criminals. The leaders of his country and religion rejected him. A follower betrayed him. He was crucified by a foreign power in an obscure backwater.

Yet God uses adversity to astound and amaze us. I do not understand why I am disabled. I do not comprehend why God does not heal me. It’s certainly not a lack of prayer or a lack of faith. I have asked for healing many times. Many others have prayed for my healing. But nothing has happened. I do not grasp the benefits that God sees. My conclusion echoes that of the Apostle Paul when God would not heal him: “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (ESV).

Just as a child’s mind is limited, so I do not fully comprehend all that God is doing through my disability. I do not ask God “why me?” I am content to trust Him. He will reveal to me what He wants me to know. I rest in that.

I am not denigrating the power of prayer. But I am saying that God is sovereign to decide whether or not it is appropriate to give us what we ask for. God is loving enough to decide what is best for each of us. He loves us and wants to be with us. Just as I want the best for my own children, God wants the best for each of us. There are things that I have prayed for that I am grateful that God did not give me. I can trust Him and His decisions about my future. Even though things may not make sense to my mind at this time, I will understand completely later. No doubt I will agree with God that what He is doing is best for me.


The author is Bill Carlson, located in the Sacramento CA region. This is an expression of my personal beliefs and thoughts. It is not an exhaustive study of the topic presented. You can see other posts by visiting http://billsencouragement.wordpress.com/





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