Any parent or grandparent vividly remembers this stage of their child’s or grandchild’s life – the incessant asking of the same question over and over and over: “But why?” Rarely was a simple answer sufficient for such a child. One answer seemed only to fuel the fire to know more, even when their maturity level had not caught up with their insatiable curiosity. Most of us reach the point of exasperation after a while and simply answer “because I said so” or “you won’t understand” or perhaps, as my husband did when his children were young, “no more questions after lunch”. Our adult patience wears out long before we exhaust our knowledge of the matters that concern little ones.
My thoughts today piggy back those of yesterday as I clean what remains in my messy spiritual corner. In the rummaging through various things I’ve collected, I’ve come across this notion that we should not ask God “why?” My mind immediately goes to Isaiah 55:8…
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
As God’s ways are so infinitely above our own, it must be that we can never understand. I believe that to be true about many, many things, for we will be learning who He is and of His ways throughout all eternity. But I also believe He is a big enough God that our questions do not frustrate and exasperate Him and that He desires to answer them even now, before heaven. Some of the answers we may not fully understand as our maturity has not caught up with our curiosity. But He speaks. He answers. He gives understanding at the right time. Psalm 119 is replete with David’s desire to learn God’s ways and his confident expectation that God would grant his requests!
I lived many years of my life knowing that He lived in me, but in reality He was a resident stranger. I was a child who lived in the constant presence of my Father, believing that to ask Him “why” He did or did not do anything was to insult His sovereignty, and that even if I did ask and He answered, I would not understand. How this grieved His heart!
Jesus changed forever the relationship man could have with God. He chose to dwell in us, not to be in hiding but to be known. Paul wrote to the church of Ephesus his desire and prayer…
…that you may be filled through all your being unto all the fullness of God – may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself! Ephesians 3:19b
…and to the Corinthians…
…But we have the mind of Christ and do hold the thoughts of His heart. 1 Corinthians 2:16b
He chose not only to indwell me but to make it possible for me to experience a rich measure of His presence – so that I can be wholly filled with Him! The more I set my mind on Him, the more the more attuned I become to His voice. I consider Him in all my ways, give Him all my efforts and He directs my thoughts to line up with His. Then comes understanding. I have been invited to come before Him boldly, fearlessly, and ask. I can ask all the “why” questions I want with a great expectation that He will answer me. And don’t have to stop at lunch time. 🙂
“But why?” was written by Kay Stinnett and first appeared on http://www.ourpassionatepurpose.com