If Only God Would Tell Me Why

If only I knew where to find him; if only I could go to his dwelling! I would state my case before him and fill my mouth with argumentsJob 23: 3, 4

Everything had gone wrong in Job’s life. He had lost his children, his possessions, his business and his reputation as a righteous man. Throughout all of this, God was silent.

If only God would tell me why, it would be easier to take.” Have you ever said that?

But is this what we need most? Would an explanation really help us with our pain?

From experience I know that we don’t need answers as much as a comforting presence.

We need the assurance that we’re not alone. We need hope that we’ll get through this and good will come out of it eventually.

This became very real to me when I thought I had lost everything I valued in life. “But you haven’t lost Me,” I heard God saying.

Then I have what I need to get through this,” I thought.

Many times God does not give us answers. He gives us Himself– for He Himself is the answer.

Job discovered this. “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you,” he exclaimed. “…and I repent in dust and ashes.” When he saw the greatness of God, he wondered, why did I ever doubt?

Dear Father, I want to trust you even when I don’t understand. I believe that you are lovingly and thoughtfully putting together this life-package for me. I want to know you in a deeper way.

by Helen Grace Lescheid
Used by Permission

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Further Reading

•   The Suffering of His Broken Heart – by Max Lucado

•   Trusting God in Suffering – by Karen Woodard

•   God Uses Our Suffering – by Charles Stanley


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