Why

These quotes have some very deep and true thoughts.  Everyone asks “why” at times.

Sixteen times Job asked God why.  He is persistent and petulant.  He is accusatory toward God.  And, as has been observed by many, God never answered Job’s why.  Instead He answered who.  Pastor Baker, in his book on Job says, “I have long since quit seeking the answer to that question in my own life — God owes me no explanation.  He has the right to do what He wants when He wants, and how He wants.  Why?  Because He’s God…Job didn’t need to know why these things happened as they did — he just needed to know who was responsible and who was in control.  He just needed to know God.  — Jerry Bridges [Trusting God, quoted in How Great is Our God, 7/15, also quoting author Don Baker]

Three of the Psalms being with why:  ”  Why, O LORD, do you stand far away?  Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?  My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?  Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?  O God, why do you cast us off forever?  Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture? (Psalm 10:1, 22:1, 74:1) But each of those psalms ends on a note of trust in God.  The Psalm writers did not allow their whys to drag on.  They did not allow them to take root and grow into accusations against God.  Their whys were really cries of anguish, a natural reaction to pain.  [Ibid]

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