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« on: June 29, 2005, 06:54:28 AM »

Author: Woodrow Kroll, Tony Beckett
Source: Faith Walk
Scripture Reference Acts 9:1-21 Job 11


Job 11-13, Acts 9:1-21
Key Verses: Job 13:20-22

I've often heard people ask, "Is it all right to ask God 'why'?" People ask that question because they want to do just that, to ask God "why?"

What is the answer? Well, we know that Job did. Not just in this passage but in others he raised the subject. He said, "'He is not a man like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court. If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand upon us both . . . . Then I would speak up without fear of him" (9:32-33, 35). And most of chapter 3 records Job asking why.

To ask is one thing; to accuse is another. Sometimes the why question is more an accusation than an inquiry. Without a doubt, we are not to be people who accuse God. If our asking is a way of calling God to give an accounting for what He has done, then that is wrong. God does not have to give an answer to us.

So consider why you want to ask God the why question. If it is to get Him to give you a satisfactory answer, then the answer is no, it is not right to ask why. If, on the other hand, you are trying to understand what God is doing so you can learn what He is teaching and accomplish what He wishes, then it is permissible. We may pray, "God help me to understand," but remember that you are not in a position to demand an answer.

Examine your heart before you ask why. Remember, He is God and you're not. And whether you ask or not, remember to trust Him and obey.


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