When my daughter Sofia was around four years old, her innate curiosity about everything led to many “why” questions. You know the ones... “Why does our dog have fur?"; "Why is the moon hiding behind the clouds?”; "Why is that car going faster than ours?” She wasn't asking those questions to annoy me, but rather, to try to better understand the world around her.
Even as adults, we have a lot of why questions for God. We seek meaning and answers, not only to understand our purpose in this life but to understand the reason for things happening around us.
Why am I going through this situation?Why did You let that happen?Why didn’t You allow me to experience that blessing?
Although it is human nature to question and try to find the reasoning behind God’s ways, I believe most of our “why” questions result from a lack of understanding about who God is or a lack of faith in what He is doing.
In John 9:2-25, we read about how the blind man's condition and healing brought about a series of questions. Jesus responds“You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do" (MSG).
So often we can't understand the why, broken relationships, marital difficulties, loss, transitions, financial crises--- we are quick to look for someone blame. There will be many situations that no matter how many times we ask "why" we may not get a response or perhaps a desired response. However, regardless of our ability to understand the "whys" of life, we can "look instead for what God can do."
Our all-knowing God loves us, wants the very best for us, and has a purpose for each of our lives. Despite life's events, both good or not so great, as believers, we can have peace knowing that "all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28, NIV)