Stuck in the 'Why God'?

You've always believed God is good, no matter what. Then, as though you never knew, life opens up and you begin to ask, Why God? Get unstock.

Most of us might have heard about Job's wife in scripture. She was the woman who endured a measure of tragedy in her life that it's probably safe to say most women will never experience. In all my many years of hearing teachings on the book of Job, there had never been a sympathetic sermon in support of Job's wife. Does she even have a name? When tragedy struck; loss of children, cattle, property, and now Job's health, there was only one question this woman of many sorrows had for her husband, "Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die", Job 2:9. In this she was right, for what else is left for a man who would dare curse God, but death? Job's response to his wife's anguish was abrasive yet so bona fide. In Job 2:10 Job said unto her, "Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?"

Humanly speaking, we can understand why Job's wife spoke to Job the way she did. She could find no reasonable explanation for their misfortune. She was filled with grief, confusion, anger, self-pity, and perhaps even disdain for a husband who didn't see eye to eye with her. How can he maintain his integrity? How can he go on honoring God? What good could there be in their overwhelming pain? Why was her righteous husband rewarded with evil? Where is God? Why has God forsaken them? Does God even exist? Sound familiar?

I propose that most people who refuse to believe in God anymore or any at all found their declination in the rubble of human tragedy. The greater tragedy, however, is staying in the debris of that descent. Job understood this very well. Job understood that it is for God to do and for man to trust, "though He slay Him".

How then can we begin to get unstuck from the relentless, "why God?" How can we free ourselves from the questions that promise no answers but certifies our defeat? Every time the 'why God' arises, answer

by Humility

forfeit trust in your understanding, your knowledge, and your human reasoning (James 4:6, 10)

by Self-denial

say no to your natural inclinations that do not support God's ways (Luke 9:23, Isaiah 55:8-9)

by Faith

exalt the invisible above the visible; believe God and act upon that belief even though it may not

align with your natural senses (Romans 1:17, Hebrews 11:6)

by Trust

consider who God is, reflect on His visible works and past acts, and give Him the benefit of the

doubt (Proverbs 3:5, Romans 8:28)