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Friday, October 6, 2017

Why We Ask "Why?" - by Joyce Meyer Ministries daily devotion 6 October Friday

At once the father of the boy gave [an eager, piercing, inarticulate] cry with tears, and he said, Lord, I believe! [Constantly] help my weakness of faith!
— Mark 9:24
Have you ever found yourself in a tragic situation and asked God, “Why? Why is this happening to me?”
For one moment, let’s imagine that God actually answered that question. Would His explanation change anything? The effects of the tragedy would still be with you, and the pain would be just as severe as it was before. What would you have learned?
When we ask God that question, I think what we’re really asking is, “God, do You love me? Will You take care of me in my sorrow and pain? You won’t leave me alone, will You?” Is it possible that, because we’re afraid God doesn’t truly care about us, we ask for explanations?
Instead, we must learn to say, “Lord, I believe. I don’t understand, and I’ll probably never grasp all the reasons bad things happen, but I know for certain that You love me and are with me—always.”
I believe it often takes more faith to go through something victoriously than to be delivered from it. Put your faith in God, and you’ll come out stronger on the other side.
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