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We may be asking this question a lot these days. Why? Why are we still stuck at home? Why did my kid have to miss out on her last quarter of freshman year dorm life? Why is this virus not stopping? Why are so many people hurting? Why are finances tight for everyone I know? Why?

I don’t have the answers. The One who does, may or may not reveal the answer. You probably don’t like hearing that. You want to know why. You want God to provide answers. You know what I have learned? He doesn’t always provide answers. He never promised us answers, too.

He promises His peace. The peace of God is with us and the Holy Spirit is with us. The Holy Spirit will remind us of God’s promises.

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:26-27 NIV

He promises His presence:

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. – Matthew 28:20 NIV

However, He doesn’t promise answers. Today in my study of “It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way” by Lysa TerKeurst, I discovered that Job never got an answer from God as to why all the bad stuff in his life happened. God knew why. He allowed Satan access to Job. Job didn’t know that. Job didn’t know that God trusted Him to withstand the temptations of the devil and to continue to praise God. Here is the why that Job never got.

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”

“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied.  “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.  But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” – Job 1: 8-12 NIV

All Job knew what that he lost his ox and donkeys, his sheep and servants, his camels and then all his children. Here is Job’s response to those tragedies.

 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said:

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
    and naked I will depart.[c]
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
    may the name of the Lord be praised.”

 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing. – Job 1:20-22 NIV

Wow. A lot goes on in Job from Chapter 1 – 42. In the end, however, Job was blessed.

The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. And he also had seven sons and three daughters. The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch.  Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.

After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. And so Job died, an old man and full of years. – Job 42:12-17 NIV

He never got an answer to why. Why not? It was a good answer. God trusted Him to remain faithful. God put His trust in this man and allowed Satan access to him. God uses the story of Job to teach us that bad things are NOT because we did something wrong. Many Christians still have this false believe. We aren’t in this struggle because of sin. There are times in life when consequences to sin does lead to hard times. However, in many cases, hard times are just that. We aren’t immune to it. The evil are prone to it. In fact, it happens to us all.

He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. – Matthew 5:45

Christianity isn’t immunity to the harshness of this world. It’s hope in the midst of harshness. It’s peace in the midst of chaos. It’s God’s presence when everyone else feels so far away. It’s hope. It’s not answers to why. It is however, trust that the why isn’t important. God and His glory are what matter most.

Dream Big! Pray Big!

P.S. Read some Job this week. It offers perspective and humanness.

 

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