The why and the wherefore

May 19, 2017

George Hemmings of Christ Church Anglican. Photo by Luke Hemer.

AS A parent there is no question that I struggle with more than when one of my children asks ‘Why?’ (Actually I can think of one question more difficult to answer, but thankfully that one is still a way off being asked in our household).

As children we all long to understand the world around us and how and where we fit in it, so we ask questions such as ‘Why is the sky blue?’ and ‘Why do I have to clean my room?’

But as we grow we tend to ask why less often, but on the occasions we do it is most often about deeper issues:

■Why do people’s situations or relationships not always work out?

■Why doesn’t God do something about all the suffering that we have, and have had, in the world?

Certainly there are times that I wished the Bible would answer every why.

But that’s not to say it’s a question God avoids.

In fact, the question ‘why?’ is asked hundreds of times in the Bible, not the least by Jesus himself (Matthew 27:46). While the Bible might not contain an answer to every specific why, as we do read it we can begin to understand more of why the world is the way that it is — and what God has done, and what He will do, about it. I’m not sure what questions you might have for God, but I encourage you to ask them.

He created us with a desire to understand how the world works and a longing to know why.

He wants us to search him out and to bring all our desires, all our longings and all our questions to him.

Dare to pray and ask God why.

Grab a Bible and ask God to help you to understand.

Visit a church; though don’t expect to find people there who have all the answers, but rather a community that knows the best person to ask ‘why’ is the one Father who always has the right answer.

George Hemmings

Christ Church Anglican

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