WISDOM FOR OUR “WHYS”
“In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.”
I became fatherless at the age of three, with no clear explanation of why it had to happen that way. In my moments of solitude, I cried and sometimes questioned God. Twenty-six years have passed and there still are no concrete answers. Now I move our imaginary camera lens to you, for I am sure that you have your own story to tell. You have your personal version of what it feels like to be at a point where you could no longer provide a firm answer to the “why” questions of life, especially during times when it hurts the most.
Then, we take a pause from looking at ourselves and zoom our lens towards Job. He is afflicted by unimaginable sorrow, excruciating pain, and is seemingly interrogated by people who are close to him without empathy. A debate has brewed in their midst and Job was going through a rollercoaster of emotions. While most of us may have simply waited for him to quit, Job made a rebuttal that gripped me to the core.
He exclaimed, “But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.” (Job 12:7-10)
Job stepped back and tried to look at the bigger picture that God has already painted for him. Instead of focusing on himself, he chose to seek God’s fingerprints amidst his troubles. He may not have reached a clear rationale for all of his deep questions, but Job was able to discern that God has knit together every fabric of his life.
Prayer Focus: “Father, teach me to discern your ways. Help me to see your hand all over my life – both in my victories and in my faith-stretching moments. Amen.”