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Why, Lord?

ControlI have a friend who is young, smart, talented and very single. By that I mean that she considers herself eligibly unlucky, watching all her friends and family tie the knot while she has yet to meet anyone who she would consider marriage material. This woman is gorgeous and faithful that God will provide a mate in His timing, and she is very lonely.

Another friend and her husband have raised their three adult children well; in church each week, praying over their children through the years and applying scripture to their lives as they grew up. At this writing, all three have seemingly walked away from the faith of their parents and are relying on their own strength and power to get through this world.

There is a family I am close to who desperately wants to have another baby, or would love a couple more to add to their brood. Several miscarriages, some of them late term, make the possibility feel less and less likely, but they still try for another because they believe their house is not full yet.

Another family that I love has a young, sick father. He has a chronic illness that will likely prevent him from living a long life, so they concentrate more on seasons than years. Their faith in God is strong, but their trust in medication and time being on their side is not.

These scenarios beg the question, “Lord, Why?” The people who love you and are following your will the best way they know how, are still suffering…..waiting…..hoping.

The answer may be simple, but it is not easy to accept. Free will. If God gave believers everything they dreamed of, everyone would be a believer simply to get whatever they asked for. And then there would be nothing to believe in, no faith required. We are all being observed by others, believers and non, to watch how we will handle life’s circumstances. None of us is exempt, if we were, there would be nothing to watch, and faith would not be necessary.

God has a plan. He knows your name and your circumstance.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

 

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11 responses »

  1. This post is such a blessing. A reminder to hold on to our faith. Or hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus’ blood and righteousness…

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  2. Yes. Never thought about it like that before.

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    • It’s a newer way of thinking for me, too. It just hit me a couple of years ago that if life was easy for believers, everyone would be a believer. Then if everyone was a ‘believer’, what would our faith be in? Prosperity. That’s about as deep as I get! Thanks for reading!

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  3. Amen says it all !! – God bless you

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  4. This is a good word! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I am currently in the why god why? Phase of my life. Everyday I wake up fearing the worse. All around me idol worshipers, non believers are enjoying and getting the life that I want. I love Jesus with all my heart and my spirit groans for his love. But I am so held back and weighed down by my circumstances. I know that God is in control, but I am mere human asking God why?

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    • Yes, I know some of what you are feeling. It reminds me of the brother of the prodigal son, waiting in the wings, loyally doing what was expected of him. In truth, his reward was still there, the brother hadn’t squandered his share, but it hurt to watch the prodigal be celebrated after messing up so royally.
      For me, I have to hold on to the fact that my inheritance isn’t necessarily in the here and now, and those people you speak of? Many are only living for now, this is all they will have. It doesn’t answer the why question, but God reassures me that His ways are higher. Thanks so much for your comments.

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  6. these questions, as I asked them in my own life are why I wrote (and continue) bitterworshipper.com. It isn’t easy. It doesn’t deserve trite answers. And there is glory and blessing in walking through these fires. Good post.

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