When we ask, “Why?” and get The Who. 

When we begin this pursuit, it is not the answer we long to hear.

Dearest Reader,

As I scratch out these words to you, we are preparing for a short time away. We are long overdue. Lola, our trusty furry companion, hero, and rescue dog, will travel with us. I’m expecting she and I will be quarreling over who rides in the front. Confession: by the time the ole girl inserts her face between the seats howling her complaints, I am so ready to give up and let her win!

When we come back, we will pick up in Ezra, chapter six. While we are away, you can catch up here. Also, take a moment and subscribe and you won’t miss anything.

In the meantime, grab your favorite mug, and let’s have coffee, conversation, and commentary around the book of Job. My Sweet Man and I are nearing the big crescendo, my favorite part, in Job. As we do, I’ve been pondering several thoughts.

When we ask, “Why?” and get The Who.”

I’m not going to sugar coat it; Job can be hard to read. To begin with, I’m in a hurry to get to chapter thirty-eight when God steps into the conversation. I am anxious for redemption and restoration, healing, and new beginnings. Aren’t we all?

However, this time, as we turned to Job, I read through the lens of two conversations that took place in Heaven between Satan and God.

First this:

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. The Lord said to Satan, ‘From where have you come?’ Satan answered the Lord and said, ‘From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” And the Lord said to Satan, ‘Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?’ Then Satan answered the Lord and said, ‘Does Job fear God for no reason? Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.’ And the Lord said to Satan, ‘Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.’ So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.” Job 1:6-12 (ESV)

And then this: 

Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the LordAnd the Lord said to Satan, ‘From where have you come?’ Satan answered the Lord and said, ‘From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.’ And the Lord said to Satan, ‘Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.’ Then Satan answered the Lord and said, ‘Skin for skin! All that a man has he will give for his life. But stretch out your hand and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.’ And the Lord said to Satan, ‘Behold, he is in your hand; only spare his life.'” Job 2:1-6 (ESV)

As Job’s life crumbles around him, and he begins to ask God, “Why?” he’s not privy to either of these conversations. 

The poor fellow is stunned, confused, and grief-stricken. In all honesty, I’m with Job. I want to know why? How long? Can I get a pass? Please, and thank you. Lastly, God, with all due respect and reverence, could you stamp APPROVED on my proposed plan? Then, I’ll get on out this mess as unscathed as possible.

Right?

In the words of Pete the Cat:

“I’ll just keep walking along and singing my song.” 

In the first place, that’s not the Gospel way. 

James reminds us in chapter 1:2-4:

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (ESV)

Job’s friend, Elihu, gives us another hint in Job, chapter 36:15:

“He delivers the afflicted by their affliction
and opens their ear by adversity.” (ESV)
In other words, we are not promised a life without trials and tribulations. God uses our suffering to draw us nearer to him. Otherwise, we become arrogant, prideful, and self-reliant. When, in fact, we need a Savior. We have an overwhelming need for Almighty God.

Dearest Reader, there is good news! 

And that is:

When we ask, “Why?” we get The Who. 

When we begin this pursuit, it is not the answer we long to hear. I want to know why. However, what we get is better.

After thirty-seven chapters and a lot of dialogue, God answers Job. But he doesn’t respond with, “Why,” HE explains with, “The Who.”

God answers with, “I laid the foundation of the earth.”  

And that is why we sow the seeds of God’s word deep in our souls. We nurture and nourish the seeds through prayer and daily communion with Him.

What is more, we take the time to grow an intimate knowledge of who God is.

And, when we begin to know Who God is, we are less likely to be mired up in the why.

We stack up the real character of God against our questions to find the answers seem less important than God himself.

God is limitless and has no boundaries. He does not leave us nor forsake us.

God is the answer to all of our questions! 

When we are wrestling our why’s, I want to leave you with three tips I find helpful:

  1. Keep a running list of God’s character and what you learn about Him through his Word. Highlight them in your Bible.
  2. Make a list of things God has done for you as reminders. Record them in a journal. Read them on hard days.
  3. Keep a gratitude list. Use the note app on your phone, and as you go through your day record where you see God throughout the day.

As you grow in deeper intimacy with God, you begin to know who he is, and when you know Him, you will trust him. Even in your hard circumstances and unanswered questions.

“We redefine our wilderness with who God is.”

I am here to encourage you, equip you, and guide you as you redefine your wilderness. You can comment below or send a private email to tlmashburn@yahoo.com.

Your Wilderness Guide,

 

*Scripture quotes are from Bible.com

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