We've all been there. You were going through a hard time in life, one of those inevitable storms, and at some point you hit rock bottom. There seemed to be no end in sight and so you cried out to God. It was here you uttered the word, "why?" Why is this happening to me? Why am I being punished? Why me, God?
I've been there and had my own moments of questioning the trial I found myself in. I'd think about how I'd been faithful and committed to God. Then I may or may not have gotten upset with Him and vented my frustrations. The point is, out of our flesh we question in times of difficulty why we are suffering and wonder the point of it.
I can encourage you that there IS a reason. That your "why" has an answer. The truth is, you may not see it for a year, ten years, or even this side of heaven. But there is a reason.
This came to light for me this week when a reader of my healing series reached out to me and shared her story. I've had dozens of your stories flooding in and they've all been so humbling to read. As I've read them over the last few weeks something has been building in my heart that came to the surface with one woman's testimony.
She shared how the series had been a turning point in her own journey to proper healing.
When I read it, something clicked. A part of my "why" was answered. During the season of difficulty (I shared in the healing series) I often asked God "why?" Now I know. I went through all that crud so that one day I'd share the story and thousands would be ministered to.
And it made my sorrow completely worth it. All that pain was worth it so that others could be encouraged.
That's your why as well! At least, one part of it. I'm sure God has many reasons for our trails; namely, that glory would be given to Him! But also, to mature and strengthen us. To reach others. To lead us down a new path. I love what Job shared, and it's a verse the woman who wrote in shared that I found perfect for such a season.
Job 42:1-6 (MSG),
“I’m convinced: You can do anything and everything.
Nothing and no one can upset your plans.
You asked, ‘Who is this muddying the water,
ignorantly confusing the issue, second-guessing my purposes?’
I admit it. I was the one. I babbled on about things far beyond me,
made small talk about wonders way over my head.
You told me, ‘Listen, and let me do the talking.
Let me ask the questions. You give the answers.’
I admit I once lived by rumors of you;
now I have it all firsthand—from my own eyes and ears!”
Job had been faithful to God leading up to the tragic events in his life, but now, He saw God in a whole new light. His trial allowed his relationship with God to evolve into something more intimate and personal. Perhaps God wants the same with you right now?
Your "why" has an answer. Your trial has a purpose. And you, precious person, have a great calling.
- Have you ever asked God "why" in a difficult season and witnessed the response of that why? If so, describe.
- If you are asking this very question now, how does Job 42 speak to you?