Why, God? – Exploring God’s reasons behind what He asks of Us
Why me? Why this? Why now? Why do these things happen to me?
Why must I constantly give more? Why does it feel like the more I give, the more you want to take? Why do you never let me feel like what I’ve given is good enough?
Why does life have to be all about dying to myself? Why can’t I get a break once in a while? Why does getting comfortable have to be such a bad thing?
Why do you ask so much of me? Why do you give me so much responsibility? Why can’t you choose someone else?
‘Why’, my dear? ‘Why?’
Because no servant is greater than His master.
Because you must suffer to know compassion.
Because you must trust in order to grow.
Because you must try in order to succeed.
Because you must fail in order to learn.
Because you must die in order to rise.
Because I see the future and you cannot. You must act now to later see the value in hindsight.
But most of all, because I want the best for you.
Because I love you.
He waited until Lazarus was DEAD to come to the aid of Martha and Mary. (John 11:1-44)
He allowed Jonah to be swallowed by a fish (Jonah 2:1) and Daniel to be thrown to the lions (Daniel 6).
He allowed the devil to destroy Job’s home, family, livestock, lands and even his health (Job 1:6-12) to prove that, even in suffering, Job’s faith would not waiver.
He told the apostles to preach the word of God to the ends of the earth but not to take a second pair of sandals nor bread for the journey (Luke 10:4).
He allowed His only Son to carry His cross to Calvary, to be stripped, beaten, insulted and hated.
He allowed his prophets and apostles to be tortured, exiled and murdered.
…and the list continues…
The point is, the lives of every great person in the history of the world have been marked with suffering, trial, pain and uncertainty. If you feel this in your life, it simply means YOU are called to be numbered among the greats.
How will you answer?