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We Know What Happened – But Why?

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On October 31, 2014, a spacecraft broke apart during a test flight, and crashed into the Mojave Desert near California. The co-pilot died while the pilot miraculously survived. Investigators determined what happened, but not why it happened. The newspaper article about the crash began with the words “questions remain.”

After Andrew’s and Kobe’s sudden deaths many ask the “why” question. Throughout life we may experience sorrows for which there are no adequate explanations. Some are difficult events with far-reaching effects, while others are personal, private tragedies that alter our individual lives and families forever. We want to know why, but we seem to find more questions than answers. Yet even as we struggle with “why?” God extends His unfailing love to us. 

Job lost his children and his wealth in a single day. He sank into an angry depression and resisted any attempted explanations by his friends, even though he still had questions. Yet he held out hope that some day there would be an answer from his God. Even in the darkness Job could say, “God knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold”. Hallelujah!

Today, as we face life’s unanswered questions, we can find help and hope in God’s love and promises, that one day there will be a personal and direct word from God. When every tear and perplexity, every oppression and distress, every suffering and pain, and wrong, and injustice will have a complete, and ample, and overwhelming explanation. Until then hold on by faith that the answer is on the way, just like Yahshua.

“God knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold”

Job 23:10

Pray With Me
Yahweh, thank You for my faith and trust in You, that even though I have questions about life, death and why things happened the way they have, my love for You hasn’t wavered, it seems to be stronger. Father, there is one thing I can’t and won’t question, and that is Your love for me. God, give me wisdom and understanding today to accept what I can’t explain, believing You know what’s best for me. In Jesus’ Name! Amen.


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By Pastor Ray Patrick

Evangelism. Outreach. Ministry.
Pastor Ray Patrick is a R.E Teacher at The Eden School

2 replies on “We Know What Happened – But Why?”

The answer to suffering is the fall of man and sin, but it always feels like a calloused answer to give a grieving soul. I find that not giving an answer and sitting with someone in their suffering is the best response. Plus, as you wrote – God is faithful, we can put our trust in Him.

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