Why, Why, Why

   The early Christian church must have thought that God did not know what He was doing and that He was making a serious mistake calling Saul of Tarsus into the Apostolic ministry. It is probable that many hundred “why”  prayers were prayed  fervently to God. God chose not answer those prayers by a prophetic word, but He let them discover in Paul’s life and ministry  why God felt that he was worth redeeming. Now, in hindsight, for 2,000 years the Church has rejoiced in God’s selection of Paul.
     God knows what He is doing and He knows why He is doing it. Hindsight always confirms that God’s way is correct and perfect. We need to remind ourselves that God is eternal. He lives in the eternal now so He has no past or future. If what we perceive as the past action of God is perfect , should we not dare to embrace the truth that His present  action will always be perfect?  God has the right to bring people into His family, or reinstate people into His family or call people into sHis service without having to negotiate with other members of His family about the matter.
      However, asking God “why” is not unusual. Think of those who asked God “why”: Job, David, Asaph, Isaiah, Jeremiah and even Jesus. They all asked ” why hast Thou….?” Many wanted to know why God had forsaken them. All lived to learn that God had not forsaken them, thus the
“why” questions proved to be foolish. 
      My friend Judson Cornwall, from whose thoughts and writings I draw this blog, told of times he would be asked “Why is God giving such great revivals to the third world nations and America is so dry spiritually?” While there are many rationalization  that seek to answer that question, the question alone portends an attitude that God must start everything in America. Judson would at times answer with this question, “does God need our permission?” He cautions that we need to remember that Bethlehem and Calvary are not in the United States  but God put that work in Israel. All to say that God is perfect and His ways are right. Perhaps we too can embrace David’s attitude “”Such knowledge is to wonderful for me; it is high , I cannot attain unto it”, (Ps 139:6).
    We know, deep in our heart, that God does all thugs well,  nevertheless we question. It is common to hear a young couple stand beside a tiny coffin and ask “why did God let our baby die?” As we view the atrocities of ISIS (or ISIL), we can cry “Why does God allow this?” Somehow we hold God responsible for every negative matter that touches our  life. We wonder why the fatal automobile accident occurred, why the bridge collapsed , and among other things why are there untimely deaths as it appears as happened to Joan Rivers. We do not acknowledge that He has created us as free moral agents who are responsible for our own life. We are not puppets whose strings are held in the hand of Almighty God. 
      It is obvious that God can intervene since He has the power to do anything. That He cannot intervene without violating our free will seems less obvious to us. This is where prayer plays an important part. It is us granting God permission to intrude into our life. He may or he may not 
Intervene, that is His sovereign choice, but prayer  presents God with the option to intervene . And intervene or not, we can still trust the perfect, omniscient and omnipresent God. David wrote,  “As for 
God, His way is perfect: the word of The Lord is tried: He is a buckler to all those that trust in Him”. ( Ps 18:30). God is not afraid of the “why” questions but even though we do not understand Him (any more than most of us understand our car but we enjoy the car), we can still enjoy Him in spite of the “whys”.
See Judson Cornwall, “Lord It’s Me Again”, Chapter 11.

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