Do You Cry “Why, Lord” When Things Go Wrong?

Day Four of 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes with prompt “why?”.

Photo by Ken Treloar on Unsplash

One of the first words a child will learn and use is — why ? What can’t we go? Why do I have to do that?

And isn’t that the word we use with God?

Why, Lord? Why don’t I have this? Why am I sick? Why doesn’t my husband understand me? Why can’t I get a job? Why won’t it stop raining? and so on.

But that isn’t the question we should ask, is it?

When a child gets to know the rules and what is expected, then in most situations the “why” becomes less. A child begins to trust the parent to do and say the right thing. He believes in the parent and a respect builds.

It’s the same with God. Building a relationship with God must come first. Asking why doesn’t work when we don’t know Who He is. As we build this relationship we can develop the trust necessary when things happen that we don’t understand.

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God (Psalm 20:7, NIV).”
Painting by my friend Joanne Matthews

I have learned to trust God.

There are times I still question Him but my trust is stronger. I have learned to trust by getting to know Him better through reading of His Word. That teaches me so much.

This month in Artists and Writers Grow Through God’s Word, we have invited Maria Morgan to lead us in 31 Days of Prayer. As I pray through the scriptures each day, I feel stronger in my connection with God.

One Way To Pray the Scriptures

Today we first prayed in reverence:

“You are forgiving and good O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to You (Psalm 8:5, NIV).”

Next we prayed in response:

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9, NIV).”

Step 3 is requests: (to this I added all the things that are in my heart and mind).

“And this is my prayer: that Your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight (Philippians 1:9, NIV).”

And finally step 4 readiness:

“In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one (Ephesians 6:16, NIV).”
Bible Art by Janis Cox

When I prayed the last part I pictured my baptism — the coming out of the water, dripping wet. In Roman times they would douse the shield with water to repel the flaming arrows. I could picture a shield around me — a waterfall of the Holy Spirit — completely covering me and repelling anything that the enemy would throw at me.

After praying this I listened to what God had to say.

I pictured this today:

I was in a labyrinth — in a tight corner, not knowing which way to turn. I felt cornered. Then I felt a nudge to continue to follow the path with no idea where He is leading me. But knowing God is there at all times. That’s why I don’t need to ask WHY? I trust Him.

My word for this year is Go Forth with this scripture from Hebrews:

“may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen (Hebrews 13:21, NLT).”
A creative 33 dot picture by Janis Cox

May I pray for you and me?

Dear Lord, we sometimes question why things go the way they do. It’s hard for us to trust in You, even if we know how powerful and strong You are. We know You have the plan and we are only to seek Your face. Help us rest in this knowledge and live each day to the fullest. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

I am joining the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes. Join me.

Day 1 — How Did Your Fabulous Story Begin?

Day 2 — How I was Afraid but Learned not to Fear

Day 3 — How and What Do You Believe?