by Linda Veath Cox
WHEN, Lord, are You going to bring my prodigal child home?
WHERE are You, Lord, in all this pain I am feeling?
WHY can’t I find a job, Lord?
Do any of these questions sound familiar? Have you asked them at some point in your life? Maybe you are asking one of them right now.
Who, what, when, where, and why are the five important W’s when writing news stories to make sure that everything is explained. That nothing is left out.
Isn’t that what we are trying to accomplish when we ask them? Wanting God to explain, to give us the details, to work under our time frame? To make the story of our lives complete?
Yet something is missing. We’re focusing on the last four things, on what God does and how He does them, while ignoring the first W—WHO God is.
Instead of asking God what He is doing, why not look at Him—the God Who created the universe from nothing. The God Who knows the stars by name and numbers the hairs on our heads.
Instead of asking when He will do something, why not think about the gifts He’s given us, even before we asked. Or His sending Jesus, His Son, at just the right time to save us from our sins.
Instead of asking where God is leading us, why not remember that He is the God who leads the blind by ways they have not known.
And instead of asking why, we can rest in the fact that God wrote all our days in His book before we even came to be.
Instead of asking for details and explanations, maybe we should simply be looking at WHO has the answers to our questions. As Christians we don’t even need to have all the answers because we already know the answer to the most important question. WHO. And with that, we can rest assured that the story is complete. No more questions needed.
How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide
your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and
every day have sorrow in my heart? …
… But I trust in Your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in Your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord for He has been good to me.
~ Psalm 13:1-2, 5-6 NIV