Why?

When we are left without answers, God is all we have. Sometimes our hurt is with God himself. And while we may desire a cut-and-dried answer for our suffering, part of the healing is found, not so much in getting an answer, but in asking the questions and crying out to God. ~Jud Wilhite, Torn

It is a profound question. Why? Everyone who has ever suffered a loss of any kind has wondered. Most people who open a newspaper each day end up asking themselves the same question. Why? I’m not sure anyone ever expects an answer.

We live in the information age and there ought to be an answer. But in spite of all of our knowledge there are some things we will never know. As Wilhite points out, if we did know the answer, would it make a difference? Would anything short of a reversal of history change anything?

When we are left without answers, God is all we have.”  We can deny God and turn away from Him, but we’re left with nothing more than our own ingenuity. And no matter how smart we are or how accomplished, we cannot change the reality of our losses. There is no hope in life without God.

We are left with the question. Why? We will never know. Faith calls us to trust One who does know, and who will carry us through our losses. We join a long line of questioners with the same query, beginning with Adam and Eve as they stand over the body of Abel.

Why? That question remains until another day.

Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. ~ 1 Peter 1:13