Why “Why” Never Leads to Peace

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There are a whole lot of “why”s in life.

  • Why do I have diabetes, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, hypertension, and chronic heart disease?
  • Why did a 8 year-old girl drown at a YMCA pool? And of all people for this to happen to, why this girl’s parents who buried their 16 month-old just four years ago to cancer? One child dying is brutal enough. But this? Why?
  • Why did a young man in Austin kill strangers with homemade bombs before blowing himself up?

Why?

There are a whole lot of “why”s in life that we will never understand. They are unknowable. They are beyond our ability and scope of understanding.

When it comes to sciences and research, “why” is a helpful question. It is this curiosity and yearning for understanding that leads to scientific discovery and greater understanding.

But when it comes to life, “why” is totally frustrating and unhelpful.

When it comes to life, here are some better questions to ask:

  • Do you trust that God wants only what is best for you?
  • Do you trust that God knows what is best for you, even better than you?
  • Do you trust that God loves you?

If you answer those questions in the affirmative, then it really does not matter what particular events happen in our lives, because God is in control and God wants what is best for us.

This is faith. This is trust. And, most importantly, this is peace.

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