Do, What God Has Put Before You to Do
It has not been my experience that God answers “WHY” questions. We want to ask “Why” questions. We want to know “why” this or that is the way it is. But God doesn’t seem to put much stock in addressing the millions of “WHY” inquiries HE must hear every minute of every day.
Our first-born son when he was 2 was a steady stream of “Why” questions. We tried our best to keep up with his constant volley of “Whys”, but one day at a restaurant celebrating our release from Southern California we took a short break from answering his “Whys” to study the menu. A well-meaning older lady on her way out of the restaurant stopped by our table and looking at our little boy then looking at Steve then myself she said very solemnly, “It is very important that you answer him. You really should answer all of his questions.” Steve and I both looked at each other and our thought was, “If you only knew!”
God is constantly working on our behalf. When He created us, He obligated Himself to take care of us. He has given us an instruction manual for how to live our best life possible. He has given us every imaginable thing for our comfort and well-being. He even sent His Son to make sure that we knew how much we are loved and cared for. Yet, instead of loving Him enough to trust Him, we are constantly asking or tempted to ask “Why?”
What would it be like to be so lost in Yeshua that by just being in His presence there would be no desire, or need in us to ask “Why”? As a people, we don’t seem to like our “Whys” left unanswered. Is that indicative of a lack of being lost in Yeshua? We want to know. We are not content with “hanging chads”. But God says, “It is enough for Me to know, rest in Me — TRUST ME.”
There are a lot of “Whys” on people’s tongues these days. And, a lot of conjecture and conspiracies to try and answer all these “Whys”. Elijah asked God his own version of the “Why” question in 1Kings 19:14. He said, “I have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.” Can’t you just hear Elijah ask, “Why” God when I have done all you asked of me and for my reward Jezebel is going to kill me — WHY? As you read on in the story God does not answer Elijah’s “Why”, but gives him an assignment: And the LORD said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus. And when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael to be king over Syria. And Jehu… you shall anoint to be king over Israel, and Elisha… you shall anoint to be prophet in your place.”
In the midst of all the “Whys” turn your attention instead to the still, small voice of God, He has an assignment for you. Then, let us all do what He puts in our hands to do.