Of the Five “Ws” I learned in Journalism, there’s one “W” I ask more than any other.
It’s not “what.” Although as a mother, I’ve asked my share of “What in the world were you thinking?”
It’s not “where.” I have also asked many times, “Where did you get that stain? You just put on the shirt!”
It’s not “when.” Even though I’ve been known to ask my teenagers many times, “When will you be home?” To which they answer: IDK.
It’s not “how.” But my children have heard this word a thousand times, like when I say, “How did this dent get in the wall?” “How did this drink get spilled on the floor?” “How did this scratch get on the car?”
To which they all answer: IDK.
The “W” I’m sure I ask more than any other is “Why?”
Some days I feel obsessed with knowing answers to they whys of life. But I’ve learned there are seldom satisfactory answers to “why?” when the question is hard. All that happens when I focus on my unanswered “why” questions is I get frustrated, or mad, or I want to exact some form of vengeance, even though I’d never in a million years act it out. My heart gets in an ugly place … a place where I’m sinning against God.
In my Encouragement for Today devotion running today, I shared how God brought Proverbs 3:5-6 to mind when I was wondering why the plane I was on took a sudden bump. This verse says: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
I didn’t know why the plane made a weird jump, but God did. He was telling me to trust Him when I didn’t understand why something had happened. What peace that gave me.
Rather than focus on what I don’t understand … why something happened or why someone did something wrong … I have to trust in God. God is faithful. I may not the the truth about why something happened, but I can know God’s truth.
Today I promised to share some Scriptures about God’s faithfulness. This is such a short list, but the Bible is full of stories of God’s faithfulness, and verses about His character. Here are a few:
Joel 2:25, “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm—my great army that I sent among you.”
God doesn’t lie
Numbers 23:19, “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?”
God’s Word has power
Isaiah 55:10-11, “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
He sees our tears and will defend us
Psalm 56:7-9, “Don’t let them get away with their wickedness; in your anger, O God, bring them down.You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help. This I know: God is on my side!”
I hope these reminders of God’s faithfulness have brought you some peace. In a world filled with things we will never know, God has revealed Himself to us. We can know His character. And we can trust His character.
Thanks so much for joining me today. And if you have a favorite Scripture about God’s faithfulness that I didn’t mention, I’d love to hear it. Please post it as a comment so we can all be encouraged.
In His love,