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Asking Why

When asking “why” to God, He sometimes throws questions right back at us …

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?

 On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone —
while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?”  Job 38:4-7

Some of the deep questions God asks really have no answers — at least not on this earth. Yet we ask “why” of so many things but especially when things go wrong. In the book of Job, Job thinks he knows the answers but in reality he has no clue. Sometimes things happen and we fail to see any good in it because we have tunnel vision.

“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades?
Can you loosen Orion’s belt?
Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons
or lead out the bear with its cubs?

Do you know the laws of the heavens?
Can you set up God’s dominion over the earth?

Can you raise your voice to the clouds
and cover yourself with a flood of water?
Do you send the lightning bolts on their way?
Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’?

Who gives the ibis wisdom
or gives the rooster understanding?
Who has the wisdom to count the clouds?
Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens
when the dust becomes hard
and the clods of earth stick together?”  Job 38:31-38

Yeah. Sometimes it just doesn’t pay to ask “why” but accept what is and keep on living.

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