Today you should read: Job 3:1-26
Is it ok to ask “Why?”….
That’s what most of us feel when we ask, “why?” During times of suffering I think most of us wonder if we are allowed to ask God the “why” question. We think that we just need to accept what God allows into our life, and that we’re never supposed to ask “why.” Do you feel like this? Do you wonder this?
Well, let me assure you, a genuine asking of “why” is certainly ok during times of suffering. God is big enough. He can take it. We also know it’s ok because we see Job’s “why” questions as the main elements in this chapter.
We see in verses 11, 12, 16, 20, and 23 that Job asks “why.” Job is lamenting during these questions. They are a mixture of tears and questioning. Have you ever felt like that?
To close, I want to give you practical reasons of why I think it’s ok to ask “why” during your trials.
Why it’s ok to ask “why?”:
1. Asking “why” helps you to learn more about God’s character.
As you ask “why” you are thinking about who God is and how your situation can possibly be congruent with God’s character. This grows you in your understanding of who God is.
2. Asking “why” helps you to embrace what God wants to teach you about yourself.
Although not all trials are about you, God does want to grow you through them. He wants to teach you and for you to be different because of your trial. When you ask “why” it helps you think about how God wants to make you more like Himself through the trial He is allowing you to go through.
3. Asking “why” prepares you to comfort others who will go through similar trials.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 tells us that we able to comfort others with the same comfort that God has provided for us. When we ask “why” we won’t have all of our questions answered. God’s ways are higher than ours. But, we will have a better understanding and be better prepared to love and encourage others who face similar trials.
Overall, I don’t think that it’s just ok to ask, “why.” I think it’s extremely beneficial. When our heart is genuine and wanting to submit to God, He will grow us from good questions like this.
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione