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Why, O Lord?

So many times, as Christians,  we experience tough situations and we are left completely baffled. We just cannot understand why certain things are happening to us and yet we have a caring Father. So we end up asking ourselves where He is, why can’t He intervene? Why isn’t He listening? Sometimes other people will even ask us the same questions to mock us. This only makes us feel worse because we feel neglected, but is that the case? 

I recently attended a fellowship and the elder said to us “So, tell me, how are you feeling? What’s on your mind?” Of course, the question was to all of us, the attendees, but I would like you to reflect on that same question. Perhaps, if you don’t mind sharing, please drop me a message with your response. 

After a few seconds of silence, one person shared, why do young children have to suffer? ( For context, this person works with young children with special needs) It hurts me knowing that, after I have left, they haven’t got anyone to look after them. Why do they have to go through that? As the person shared, I got quite emotional. Another shared that they have been praying for a certain family, for God to work in their lives but it seems like all is in vain. They feel helpless and feel like they’ve lost because nothing is changing. I then later shared what has been one of my biggest challenges. I have been praying to God to give me a forgiving heart, to help me move on but I feel like I’m still holding on. I am struggling because I know only Him can help me but why can’t I see any change? I did feel like a failure at that moment. 

After all of us had shared, we now got down to the root cause of all those feelings and found out that actually God is not afraid of our questions. He understands our frustrations and we are not the first people to feel like that. Infact, we need to run to Him with our questions and not from Him.  In Psalm 10, we find what one may call a “rant” to God. There’s a reason God allowed it to be recorded and therefore we may read it and learn from the Psalmist. 

The Psalmist says to God, “Why Do You Hide Yourself?” He continues, “Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised. For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the Lord. In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.” His ways prosper at all times; your judgments are on high, out of his sight; as for all his foes, he puffs at them. He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved;  throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.”……….. And he concludes, “The Lord is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land. O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted;  you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear,  to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.”- Psalms 10: 1-6, 16-18.

I felt much relief after reading this Psalm. The truth is we may not have all the answers to some of these difficult questions. For example if God is asking us to move on, how is that even possible when we feel the wrong hasn’t been put right, the injury hasn’t been dealt with? Our struggle as humans is to understand that grace covers all. Sometimes in our relationships, we are hurt and the struggle is now to forgive, look how one issue with a person now causes you to have an issue with God. How can you not be mad? We continue to ask ourselves, how are ruthless people prospering and innocent ones suffering, like children? It all doesn’t make sense but I guess sometimes we just need a space to talk about it because the truth is God knows, He sees, He’s the judge and the King forever and ever. 

The psalmist ends the chapter talking about God and His character. We can be comforted by the fact that God’s character doesn’t change. Infact God doesn’t change.  Yes, there are things we cannot understand and we might never be able to but we can choose to focus on what we know. What do you focus on? Is it God or the things that cause us to have conflicts? The Psalmist concludes saying He rules forever and ever and will do justice. When all other powers have perished, there’s one who will prevail and that is God who offers us encouragement, defence and a listening ear. 

In times of trouble, oppression and discrimination, the character of God should be exalted. If we only did that, He promised that He’d draw all men to Him.- John 12:32. You only have to lift Him up. Be comforted knowing that God will hear your desire, strengthen your heart and He will incline His ear towards you. Remember God cares for you – 1 Peter 5:7.

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Joshua Kats

March 11, 2022

So rightly said. Alot that we cannot understand about how God operates but one thing we are sure of, He is working out things for our goodness.

Thanks alot for sharing

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Lauretta

March 12, 2022

Thank you for your time!

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