Why?

“How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his methods!  For who among us can know the mind of the Lord?  Who knows enough to be His counselor and guide?  Romans 11:33-34

Why?  Anyone who has been a parent remembers the incessant “why? why? why?” of young children.  For them, everything they are told and everything that happens has to have a reason.  They are forever asking “why?”, and sometimes as parents we just can’t come up with a good explanation–not for the workings of the universe, or even for our own requests of our children.

Grownups are not really different.  We also ask “why?” of God.  Why did he/she have to die?  Why did I lose my job?  Why did I get sick?  Why can’t I seem to ever get ahead?  Why can’t my marriage be happier?  And on and on.  Perhaps our “whys” are more sophisticated than those of our children, and perhaps not.  Some people use the unanswered “whys” to deny the existence of God.  They set up in their minds what they consider to be the perfect God, and since He’s not like that, God must not exist.  But what if the God that really does exist is nothing like the one we imagine?  We see a more powerful version of our best selves, and think that is what a good God would be like.  But we are imperfect, petty, selfish, and a whole host of things a good God could never be.  We aren’t even smart enough to figure out how a perfect God might think.  Indeed, we are only human, and God is not a superhuman.  Not even a super good human.  God is God.

 

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