Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Why, God?

I know how easy it is to see precious face and precious face and be overcome with heartache.....How can we save them all?  Each one is worthy of love, a home, and a family.  I know.  "Why, God?"  my heart cries....

There are some questions that will not have answers in this life....this is one of them....

Starting in Job 38, God begins to answer Job's questioning...

“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?
“Who shut up the sea behind doors
when it burst forth from the womb,  
when I made the clouds its garment
and wrapped it in thick darkness,  
when I fixed limits for it
and set its doors and bars in place, 
when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther;
here is where your proud waves halt’?
 “Have you ever given orders to the morning,
or shown the dawn its place, 
that it might take the earth by the edges
and shake the wicked out of it? 
The earth takes shape like clay under a seal;
its features stand out like those of a garment.
The wicked are denied their light,
and their upraised arm is broken.

 “Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea
or walked in the recesses of the deep?  
Have the gates of death been shown to you?
Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness? 
Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?
Tell me, if you know all this.
“What is the way to the abode of light?
And where does darkness reside? 
Can you take them to their places?
Do you know the paths to their dwellings?
Surely you know, for you were already born!
You have lived so many years!

“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow
or seen the storehouses of the hail, 
which I reserve for times of trouble,
for days of war and battle? 
What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed,
or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth? 
Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain,
and a path for the thunderstorm,  
to water a land where no one lives,
an uninhabited desert, 
to satisfy a desolate wasteland
and make it sprout with grass?  
Does the rain have a father?
Who fathers the drops of dew?
From whose womb comes the ice?
Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens  
when the waters become hard as stone,
when the surface of the deep is frozen?
“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?
“Do you hunt the prey for the lioness
and satisfy the hunger of the lions 
when they crouch in their dens
or lie in wait in a thicket? 
Who provides food for the raven
when its young cry out to God
and wander about for lack of food? 

God's answer actually goes on for several more chapters!  I dare you to read through the above slowly .  By the time you get to the end here, go to Job 39-42 and read the rest....

I can only say with Job, "I am unworthy —how can I reply to you?  I put my hand over my mouth."  (Job 40:4)  Please notice, God's response to Job does not answer Job's questions!  He instead prompts Job to trust in His power and faithfulness.

Instead of focusing on "Why?", we need to focus on God's character...

Ex 34:6-7 "...The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God,
slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 
 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin...."

Psalm 86:15 "But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, 
slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness."

Psalm 103:8 "The LORD is compassionate and gracious, 
slow to anger, abounding in love."

Psalm 13:5 "But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation."

The verses that testify to God's compassion, love, graciousness, and mercy abound throughout Scripture.  His Word is truth.  I have to cling to that.  No, it does not answer the question of why God would allow these babies and children to suffer....but I need to instead focus on the attributes of my precious God and Savior - and trust He knows.

I would also encourage you to pick one or two children to focus on, instead of lists and lists of faces...print out the one or two pictures, put them in your Bible, put them on your fridge, share them with your children, share them with your church.  (We asked permission from our pastor to pass out a prayer-baby card for the entire congregation to pray for!)  Focus your prayers on these children...pray until they find a home or God brings them to their forever home...then print out some more. 

Here are my "prayer babies" right now...

This is Anita....

This is Serenity...

I will pray these babies home....then I will pray some more home...I will keep doing this until He comes or He calls me home....Someday, face to face with Jesus, I will either ask my "Whys" or I will no longer need to once I behold Him in His glory.

Won't you join me?  Until He comes...

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