One of my kids is going through a developmental stage in which everything needs to be logical, to make sense. The typical parent response of "Because I said so" doesn't cut it anymore. When he makes a request and I say no, he wants to know why. "I can't always give you an answer you will like or even understand," I recently told him. "Sometimes my decisions are based on the big picture and may not be something I can explain to you. In those situations, you're going to have to remind yourself that I'm your mom and I love you. You're going to have to trust me."
When We Ask "Why?"
I understand my son's struggle to accept my decisions since I sometimes struggle over the circumstances God brings into my own life. They don't always make sense, and I too want to know why. Why am I in this pain? Why am I waiting so long? Why has this trial come into my life? Why hasn’t God answered my prayer?
We aren't alone in asking such questions. The psalmists asked God many questions, including the why question:
Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? (Ps. 10:1)
I will say to my rock, "Why have you forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?" (Ps. 42:9)
O God, why do you cast us off forever? Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture? (Ps. 74:1) In his infinite wisdom and goodness, God doesn't always answer our questions. Yet we aren't without hope. These same three psalms, when read further, point to that hope.