“Why God? Why?” Anyone else ever felt like asking God that question? It’s a deep question we all have wanted to be answered within our soul. Even the Son of God publicly shouted on the cross “My God, my God, WHY have you forsaken me?”
Have you ever asked
Why is this happening to me?
Why do I have to go?
Why do they get to stay?
Why can’t I have this now?
Why won’t you do something, God?
Why Am I here?
Why God? Why?
God likes it when we come and ask Him why? It can be a starting point of acknowledging His control, and the doorway to our enlightenment. Think about all the Psalms and the times we see the writers crying out to God that one-word question, “WHY?!”
Why, LORD, do you stand far off? Why do you hide in times of trouble? – Psalm 10:1
O God, why have you rejected us so long? Why is your anger so intense against the sheep of your pasture? – Psalm 74:1
For you are God, my only haven. Why have you tossed me aside? Why must I wander around in grief, oppressed by my enemies? – Psalm 43:2
I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?” – Psalm 42:9
Why do you hide your face and forget our misery and oppression? – Psalm 44:24
Why, LORD, do you reject me and hide your face from me? – Psalm 88:14
Why do you continue to forget us? Why have you abandoned us for so long? – Lamentations 5:20
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? -Matthew 27:46
I think we all want an answer to that question. But most of the time, God never really answers why. But why? Why doesn’t God answer “Why?
I don’t know. But, I think if we take a look at Jesus, we might find a helpful answer “why”?
Looking back when Jesus was on the cross, at His weakest moment ever, He cries out “My God My God, why have you Forsaken me?” (Psalm 22:1; Matthew 27:46). Notice that it ends with a question mark, not an exclamation point. That makes a big difference. Jesus was genuinely asking “why?” to God. Sometimes we can say “why” but not as a request, but as a rhetorical response. But Jesus genuinely asked the question. It’s the same question David wrote in Psalm 22:1-2. Like Jesus on the cross, David was in a harrowing situation. What is interesting is that there is a turning point for David as He is pouring out His heart to God in Psalm 22. It’s the same turning point Jesus had on the cross.
Like Jesus, following that question an hour later was no answer, but an acceptance to which Jesus said: “Father into your hands I commit my spirit” (Psalm 31:5; Luke 23:46). We are looking for a response to the question when God is looking for you to accept the circumstance as part of trusting in God to make things right. Jesus knew God would make things right, and God did. He rose Jesus from the dead three days later to vindicate Him from the power of death.
Here is the best part! God did this not only for Jesus but for all who trust in Jesus to also be vindicated because of His righteousness. This is why Jesus accepted the circumstance and said: “Father into your hands I commit my spirit”
(Psalm 31:5; Luke 23:46). Jesus did not think silence was God’s answer but rather trusted in God’s sovereignty by acceptance. Because Jesus did that for us on the cross, it gives us an excellent new freedom to ask “why”, and faith to trust God to do what only He can do. To bring life when their seems to be only death and despair.
May you find the freedom to ask God why, and the faith to entrust your life into His hands to honestly find out.