Recently I spoke with a lady who was asking the same question many of us ask at times; and that question was “Why?”’ In her case, she had lost a loved one who was very young and she couldn’t understand why this would happen to someone so young. I didn’t have any answers. It’s a question thousands of people have asked. Or, you may not have lost a loved one but, there are times when you may have asked. God, “why do the wicked prosper and I am struggling?”
The Psalmist asked the same question years ago. In Psalm 73 he wrote: “But as for me, I almost lost my footing. My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone. For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness. They seem to live such painless lives; their bodies are so healthy and strong.”
Notice he said, “I almost lost my footing…my feet were slipping… For I envied the proud.” Most of us have done the same. We ask this because, we think that because we are following the Lord nothing bad will ever happen to us. The Psalmist asked, “Did I keep my heart pure for nothing? Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?” The Psalmist thought that because he was serving God, he would be protected and wouldn’t suffer. But that’s not true. Today’s “health and wealth” preaching teaches that. It tells us that God will be good to us and we can ask for whatever we want and God will grant it. But that’s not true.
Christians face hard times. We live in the same world as everyone else. Christians have car wrecks. Christians experience bankruptcy. We face the same experiences others face.
But then, his perspective began to change. He said, “he went into the sanctuary of the Lord” and his outlook changed. He began to see that wicked people are punished for their deeds. And, he began to see that he wasn’t living a godly life in vain. He would one day be rewarded.
You may have had or, are currently having an experience just like the Psalmist. You are questioning God. You may even, deep down, question if living for God is the right thing to do? The Psalmist learned that it is. Just because the wicked seem to do well doesn’t mean that we should stop living for God.
We do not always know all the answers but, we can trust God.
God is too wise to be mistaken,
God is too good to be unkind.
So when you don’t understand,
When you don’t see His plan
When you can’t trace His. Hand,
Trust His heart.”