No Answers

Shall the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? —Job 40:2

Just before Christmas 2003, Lydia came home from work to the sight of flames shooting out of her house. She was devastated by more than the loss of her home—seven of her family members died in the flames. When news about the tragedy spread that morning, a deacon from her church rushed to comfort her. She had some deep questions for him, but he had no answers.

Lydia could relate to Job’s story. He lost all 10 of his children (Job 1:18-19), yet he continued to worship God (v.21). Then his health was affected, and his wife urged him to curse God and die (2:9). Job’s friends thought they had the answer—he must have sinned and deserved his troubles.

Job complained bitterly to the Lord and pleaded for an explanation and relief, but God didn’t give him any answers. He didn’t even tell him about Satan’s request to test him (1:6-12; 2:1-6). Instead, He reminded Job that He was the all-wise God and that Job was not. Job was humbled, and he repented for having questioned God’s authority (42:1-6).

This side of heaven, we may not find answers for our desperate questions of “Why did this happen?” and “Why me?” But we can rest in the truth that God is in control and that He loves us.

Anne Cetas

Though darker, rougher, grows the way
  And cares press harder day by day,
With patience in His love I’ll rest,
  And whisper that He knoweth best.

Pentecost

God does not have to answer our questions, but He will always keep His promises.

%d bloggers like this: