On Asking “Why?”

Often, I find myself wanting to ask God just one simple question, “Why?”  The pain and suffering we see a loved one going through………the sudden, random acts of violence which shatter lives drastically……the unfairness or undeserving rewards to those who cheat the system time and time again…..–the list could go on and on, regarding situations which stir up emotions of doubt and despair. 

Whenever I find myself in a state of isolation and confusion, I turn to a  passage in the Bible which gives me a solid answer. Isaiah 55:8 states, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”


God is simply stating a fact that we already know: He is the ONE in control. His thoughts and His ways far exceed our comprehension, and we will waste our time dwelling on the complexities of it all. It’s a matter of trusting that God is who He says He is. His Will is perfect and will be carried out in His timing. It’s that simple.

I think it’s our human nature to question why things happen and to seek reasonable explanations. However, we must never have the attitude that we are deserving of such a response from an omnipotent, omniscient and omni-present God.

There are times where all we can do is pray for understanding and acceptance of God’s Holy Will. Submitting to His higher standard of care and regard for our well-being is all that is required.  It might not stop our questioning “why?”, yet it should ease our minds to know that His Words are truth and waver not.

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