A friend of mine lost her battle to cancer after a seven year fight. As a strong Christian she had thousands of people praying for her. Yet, despite the multitude of prayers, my friend still died.
Through no fault of her own, a single-mother friend of mine was released from her job leaving her with insurmountable financial hardships. Another friend, after extensive marriage counseling still found herself embroiled in a bitter divorce.
The stories are endless regarding the trials that many of us face in life. The common reaction to any type of trial or crisis in life is usually to ask, “Why did this happen?”
It’s not as if knowing why will somehow magically fix whatever the situation is. More often than not this insatiable desire to ask why only serves to drive us that much crazier.
The fact of the matter is simple: We’re not always meant to know why things happen as they do. God is sovereign and He is the one in control.
The Bible tells us in Isaiah 55:8: “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”
The Bible also tells us in John 16:33: "Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows." Admittedly it’s not a great selling point for Christianity knowing this, but then, life is full of trials regardless of whether we are a Christian or not.
The good news is that as believers when we have trials, rather than succumbing to the need to know “Why,” we’d do better asking — “What.” What can I learn from this trial, Lord?
The Bible is our handbook for handling difficulties. When trials arise it’s good to remember there are no guarantees we’ll get free “why-fi;” only promises that we can trust the Word. “But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Blessings in Christ,