Isaiah 55:8-9: “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’”

God thinks different and He acts different from us. In theory we know that. However, when the rubber meets the road we sometimes get offended by His otherness. There are moments in our lives when we question Him. “Why God?” is not an unusual inquiry. Wrestling with God, we are in very good company. Prophets and kings have been in our shoes. Below listed are a few examples:

Job asked the question (Job 13:24):

Why do you hide your face and consider me your enemy?

King David asked the question (Psalm 22:1):

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from saving me,
    so far from my cries of anguish?”

Prophet Isaiah asked the question (Isaiah 63:17):

Why, Lord, do you make us wander from your ways and harden our hearts so we do not revere you?” 

Prophet Jeremiah asked the question (Lamentations 5:20):

Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long?

Actually, God asks us why sometimes (Isaiah 50:2):

“When I came, why was there no one? When I called, why was there no one to answer? Was my arm too short to deliver you? Do I lack the strength to rescue you?”

Jesus asked Saul a crucial why-question that changed his life (Acts 9:4):

“Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

It seems we have a true wrestling match. God wrestles with us and we wrestle with Him. I believe, as long as the wrestling continues we have a vibrant relationship. We do not offend God with our emotions, our struggle and pain. He is not offended when we question Him. Only our indifference does.

“Did You ever know loneliness
Did You ever know need
Do You remember just how long a night can get?
When You were barely holding on
And Your friends fall asleep
And don’t see the blood that’s running in Your sweat

Will those who mourn be left uncomforted
While You’re up there just playing hard to get?”

Rich Mullins
Posted in Why

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