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They Asked Why

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

              These past few days Vicki and I have had the opportunity to spend time with our grandchildren in Rochester, New York.  Noah is almost 5 and Dakota just turned 3. It is amazing the things they can come up with when they are playing.

              Noah found some snails in the flower garden.  I told him not to pick them up and he asked me why.  I told him that he could hurt them if we did.  He asked why.  I told him that they weren’t meant to be held and he asked why.  I thought to myself – here we go again.

              Just a few minutes before my time with Noah, I had a similar experience with Dakota.  I told her that we couldn’t go outside to play.  She asked why.  I said her Mama wanted us to stay inside.  She asked why.  I said because we would get wet.  She asked why.  I told her it was raining outside.  She asked why.  I told her it was because God was sending rain.  She asked why.  I said because He is God. 

              For once that seemed to satisfy her.  Noah and Dakota seemed to ask that question at every turn.  It didn’t matter if you were trying to explain something to them or if you had just told them something.  They would ask why.

              I told Randy and Chandra that I hadn’t heard the question why asked so many times since….I couldn’t remember when.  It just seemed that no matter what was said, they would ask – Why.  At times it was kind of funny but then it kind of got on my nerves.

              As I thought about this, I thought about what Moses went through as he led the children of Israel out of Egypt.  Although their questions were a little more demanding (and a whole lot less comical), they still asked them.

              As the people made their way out of the land, the struggles were tough.  In Ex. 14:11 says -- Then they said to Moses, “Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you dealt with us in this way, bringing us out of Egypt?  The people didn’t hesitate to ask why they were being confronted with the struggles before them.

              It didn’t stop with them.  In Ex. 14:15 after Moses had been confronted, he went to the Lord -- Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me?  Tell the sons of Israel to go forward.”  The question the people had ultimately became the question Moses had.

            It didn’t stop there.  You can look all through the OT and see when the question ‘Why’ was asked.  Then it flowed over into the NT as well.  Peter was probably the one disciple that asked it, but others asked it as well.  Jesus even asked it in John 18:23 when He was struck by the guards.

              But in Acts 1:10-11 when Jesus was ascending into heaven it says – 10 And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. 11 They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”

              Nobody asked why at that point.  They just headed back to Jerusalem to the upper room.  My question is why?  But the answer is simple.  Because God is God and they knew it at this point.

              When you hear about God’s love for you and you think of all the things you’ve done, don’t ask why.  Just remember what I told Dakota – it’s because He is God.  Remember John 3:16 -- 16“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

            That is ‘why’ you never have to question God.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul