Friday, March 8, 2013

Why?


            Why did God allow this to happen? Why did God do this? Ever ask yourself these questions? Many of us, through our walks with the Lord have asked these questions, we have sought the answer through prayer, through wise counsel, and found ourselves seeking the answers in the Word of God. Sometimes, however the only answer we receive is, “Trust Me.” Isaiah must have asked these questions as well, for the Lord answered Him in much the same way He answers us today.
               “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
               We are going to ask “Why”, we are going to question what is happening in our lives, because we are human and our understanding of life is limited to what we can see, smell, taste, touch, feel, and experience. But the Lord God in heaven sees everything- the beginning of our lives, all the way to the end. There is nothing hidden from His sight. I heard someone once say that God looks at our walks with Him from a bird’s eye view. Our walks are like a parade, going before Him. He is sitting on the tallest tree looking down at us; He sees the first float all the way to the last band playing. He sees the very details that we cannot, because we can only see what is behind us and what is right in front of us. But He sees it all.
                The word “thoughts” used in this text means “that which one meditates, purposes or plots.” The Bible tells us His thoughts toward us are more in number than the stars in the sky (Psalm 139). He is constantly meditating and thinking upon us. His thoughts- His purposes or plots for our lives are ever before Him- He sees the beginning and sees the end. The word “ways” is defined as a journey, a path that we walk. We do not understand the path the Lord has us going down, so we seek to know “Why”.
                Pastor Chuck Smith states, “…the difference between God’s thoughts and my thoughts and God’s ways and my ways is that God knows the end from the beginning. Therefore, He doesn’t do something and wonder if it’s right. When He does it, He knows its right.” (Blue Letter Bible, Sermon Notes) We do something and wonder if it is right, but God’s thoughts, His purpose and plan for your life has been prepared- from beginning to end. Nothing takes Him by surprise, nothing catches Him off guard, because He has already seen it, planned it and taken care of the outcome.
                Psalm 37:5 tells us that we are to “Commit {our} your way unto the Lord, and He shall bring it to pass.” What is He bringing to pass? Not your will, not your thoughts or your ways, but His plan and His purpose for your very existence. So when we find ourselves asking “Why?” we need to remember that we may never get the answer, and that all we can do is trust and follow the Lord God in faith as He walks with us down this path to His glory.
                “God’s pattern of thought and attitude of heart is holy, righteous, and good. It is expressed in His law and His word, and also in the outworking of His mercy, but it is ultimately, beyond human understanding.” (Dictionary of Bible Themes) There is nothing that happens to us that does not pass through the hands of our Heavenly Father first; we can trust that no matter what is happening in our lives, it is for our good and His glory. Romans 8:28 promises us that “…all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purposes.”
                We may not understand nor see the “why” of our situations in life, the trials and the testing’s that come upon us, but we can be confident in this one thing. Our God sees before us, and His will bring to pass in our lives all that He has predetermined. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:12 that “...we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I am also known.” We do not see the purpose of what it taking place in our lives, but God does.
                Proverbs 15:3 says that the “eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.” Nothing escapes His notice, nothing takes Him off guard. We may be in the midst of trial and asking “Why”, and the Lord speaks to us today and gives us hope. He will make His will come to pass in our lives. (Isaiah 55:10-13) We may not understand it, but there will come a day when we will be able to look back upon all that has happened in our lives and see His hands in the midst of it all. He never leaves us nor forsakes us. There is nothing that has happened to us that has not passed through the hands of the Father first. He has seen it, planned it, and taken care of it- all we need to do is trust.
                God does not always do what we think He should, or what we ask Him to do. Even though we may not right away see the benefit of what is taking place in our lives, or the good that may come out of it, we have to take hold of the promise that He gives us- which is trust in Him and He will bring it to pass. Faith is not easy, this walk, this journey we are walking with Jesus will lead us down paths we do not understand, but understanding is not what we are to do- we are to trust and follow wherever He leads. For He sees the end from the beginning, He knows the first day from the last day and we can depend upon His love and mercy to carry us home to Him, and we will see on that day the glory of God revealed in every area of our lives. Why? Only God knows, and in Him we can put all our trust. To Him be the glory, forever and ever.  In Jesus Name, amen and amen.