Why is probably one of the most asked questions. Many times, it’s followed by specific details like, “Why does God allow bad things to happen?” “Why couldn’t I be born taller, smarter, funnier” or whatever else we can imagine.
I think the question why comes from a place within us where we need to understand things. It soothes our reasoning. If we arrive at point B, we want to know how we got there. Knowing makes it better – comforts us somehow.
Yet, in our walk with God, we’re often not given the reason for why. Yet we are called to trust. That’s what faith is, right? Trusting. Not fully understanding but being confident that God is God and He will do what is right.
This Five-Minute-Friday prompt word WHY goes right along with the story I have been working on this week. Contained within the story is an example from my own life of a time I was tempted to ask why. Why does God choose to allow one person to die and spare another?
I find in this question though, a sort of discontentment. A frustration. It points to a place within us that says, “This is not how it should be! This isn’t right. Things should have gone differently.”
Yet, can the clay say to the potter that he hasn’t shaped things correctly or used the right tools in the right way? No, the potter is in control.
But now, O Lord, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand. ~Isaiah 64:8
The clay belongs to the potter. It is His to use any way He wants. As clay, we simply must trust that the potter is in the process of creating a work of art.
Next time you are tempted to ask, why, remind yourself that He is making a masterpiece from all creation. We may not see the full picture until we reach Heaven’s gates, but we will see it one day. For now, keep trusting. Believing. Allowing His molding touch in your life.
Song Share: Masterpiece, by Danny Gokey