WHY’S On First?

You keep track of all my sorrows.
    You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
    You have recorded each one in your book.  Psalm 56:8

tears-in-a-bottle-dolores-develdeWHY?!

Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me—The Lord to Job in chapter 38

My husband has been suffering for a week now with tooth pain.  It is so stressful whenever the Lord puts us him under His chastening hand.

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?  Hebrews 12:7

When experiencing stress my husband is a sigher.  He sighs constantly when being tried and tested, and that in turn tries and tests me.  In this stress I am constantly running to my Jesus sanctuary under His wing trying to find peace, mercy, and strength.                  (See yesterday’s blog)

When my husband suffers he constantly is whispering, “Why?  Why, Lord?”  He did that this morning and I just happened to catch his breathy whisper.  I asked him, “What did you say?”  and he said, “I asked the Lord, ‘Why?'”

That got my wheels a turning and the first thing that came to mind was Abbot and Costello’s act ‘Who’s on First?’…

(I need the laugh right about now.)

My husband’s prayer whisper ‘why’ also made me think of who in scripture asked why?  Did any of our patriarchs ask why?  I did some research and found these examples:

Moses returned to the LORD and said, Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me?  Exodus 5:22

Why do you hide your face and consider me your enemy?       Job 13:24

Why, LORD, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?  David in Psalm 10:1

Awake, Lord! Why do you sleep? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever.  The Sons of Korah Psalm 44:23

Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand? Take it from the folds of your garment and destroy them!               Asaph Psalm 74:11

Why, LORD, do you reject me and hide your face from me?  The Sons of Korah in Psalm 88:14

Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long?  Jeremiah Lamentations 5:20

Why, LORD, do you make us wander from your ways and harden our hearts so we do not revere you? Isaiah 63:17

Three things I have been reminded of.  First, we are my husband is in good company.  Secondly, God may ask us what, where, how and who, but He never asks us why because, being sovereign, He already knows.  Lastly, we may ask why in the midst of our suffering, but the important thing is, like Job, we know WHO and we know that that Who WILL!

I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.   Job 19:25

One more Question in the gospels comes to mind as I finish.  Jesus asked Peter,

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

And Peter didn’t ask why.  He simply answered correctly,

“You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

And that’s the only question answer that really matters!

Jesus, You are The Living Redeemer…my Redeemer…our Redeemer.  We need not ask why because we know Who.  Thank you gracious God for revealing Yourself to us that we need not ask Who!  We know!  Praise the Lord!  It brings me great comfort to know that you are God’s bottle.  You are God’s book. Our  tears have been born by and in You, dearest Jesus, when You suffered on the cross for our sin. Please heal my husband’s infection, Father, in Your Son’s most holy name, Amen.

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Hi! My name is Amy. I am a former atheist and, for a season, practiced witchcraft. God drew me out of darkness 17 years ago and gave me the spiritual gifts of knowing and faith. He gives me daily encouragement and affirmation and I hope to share Him with you. If you have not yet met the one true God, His name is Jesus Christ, and may I be the first to introduce you to Him? He is the Restorative Savior God promised Adam and Eve 6,000 years ago (Genesis 3:15) after they had sinned in the garden, bringing separation from God because of disobedience. It is rightly reported that a little over 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem He was born of a virgin, lived a blameless perfect life in and around Jerusalem, died on a cross on Golgotha for the world's sin, and 3 days later rose again. YES! ROSE AGAIN! AMAZING! Please get baptized in His name, and walk in an eternal restored fellowship with Christ. You can get to know Him by reading, marking, and inwardly digesting His Word.... His Holy Bible.
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