When God Doesn’t Answer
When we are overwhelmed with grief we often seek answers for what is happening. We want to know what the outcome will be. We want to know where a tragic event will lead us. We want to know why we have to experience such pain. Is there a purpose for it? Although many questions like these rumble around in our head we often do not receive the answers we seek. Why doesn’t God give us the answer to some of life’s toughest questions? Why doesn’t He give me an answer when it seems like I need it most?
Growing up I hated math. When I began high school and had to take Algebra I was thrilled to find out that the answers were in the back of the book. As much as I wanted to just copy all my answers from the back of the book I quickly discovered this would not be good. I could have gotten by for a few weeks on just the answers, but eventually I would need to be able to show my work and prove that I knew what I was doing. If I just looked at the answers I would have never learned Algebra and I would have probably failed the class. I needed to be able to work through the problem without knowing the answer. As much as I disliked this it was for my benefit.
Perhaps the reason God does not give us the easy answers on this earth is because He is preparing us for something better. These experiences are not pleasant, but we need to learn how to navigate the waters of life. Paul tells us in 2 Cor. 4:17, “For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure.” It is ok to question the tragic events we experience, but do not become disheartened when you do not receive an easy answer.