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    The 'Why' Question

    David starts Psalm 13 with the question, “Why?” Job asks the “why” question over 20 times. And Jesus asked the “why” question once.

    The “why” question usually comes when we are trying to connect the dots or explain a mystery that doesn’t seem to have reasonable explanation. Sometimes it is OK to ask, “Why?” but we need to accept that God very seldom answers it.

    “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.” -Deuteronomy 29:29

    Today, let's take a look at a few of the “why” questions through which God has revealed His mysteries to His people.

    Why was Mary chosen to carry the God-Man for nine months? Because God loved Mary.

    Why did the Father send His “only begotten” to planet Earth? Because “God so loved the world (John 3:16)."

    Why did Jesus Christ put on human flesh and live as a man? Because “the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28)."

    Why did it end in suffering, rejection, and humiliation? Because “God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8, BSB)."

    Why did Jesus cry out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me (Matthew 27:46)?" Because all my sins, your sins, and the sins of the world were gathered up and placed on God’s love offering for all the world—Jesus.

    Why did the angels shout out at the birth of Jesus, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests (Luke 2:14)"? Because the secret hidden in the heart of the Godhead was being revealed to all creation.

    Why does evil still seem to rage throughout the world? Because “your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish (Matthew 18:14)", but all come to His Son—so our King is long suffering, patient, and slow to anger.

    Why are you still on this earth? Because our Father desires us to tell as many people as possible that His Son loves them and longs to forgive them. He desires that they trust His Son for forgiveness.

    “... though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.” -2 Corinthians 8:9b, BSB

    If the angels could speak, if the Old Testament saints could speak, if the New Testament saints could speak, if the saints of the past 2,000 years could speak, each, in their own way, would ask you and me to simply:

    Trust Him. Obey Him. Follow Him.

    Whatever days we have left to be witnesses will be covered with God-ordained love. Jesus shouts to each of us, “I love you. Trust Me.” Let's spend the rest of our days loving Him and trusting Him.

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    John Maisel

    John's travels for ministry behind the Iron Curtain led him to found East-West Ministries International in 1993. John and his wife, Susie, live in Dallas, Texas and have a grown daughter and two grandchildren.