Why Why?


Besides Still Waters

I was meditating on the Gospel of Luke chapter 4 verses 1 and 2 which reads as follows:  “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert, where for forty days He was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them He was hungry.”I chose to pause there and asked myself, why was Jesus hungry? I had more than one thought come to mind in answer to that question.

Right here you are asking yourself, “What is the matter with Randy?” Can’t he see the obvious, Jesus was hungry because he hadn’t eaten for forty days!  You are absolutely right. So, when we read God’s word, why do we ask the Why? question?

Most of God’s words to man are obvious to us as to what God is saying, yet we persist in asking why. Think of all the why questions  people have asked of God concerning the commandments He gave to  Moses. Isn’t it obvious to anyone that they aren’t the ten suggestions, but The Ten Commandments?

All through the Word of God things are written to which we in turn ask God “why?” The asking of why is not because we don’t understand something or because we lack information, it is because we don’t want to face the obvious! We don’t want to be accountable to God’s words.

Why is not the proper question to ask. We should be asking the who, when, what, where and how questions of God.

If God’s words are obvious to us, why not just act on them? That’s a fair question and I think I have a reasonable answer for it. God’s words are a presentation of His heart and will toward mankind. The who, when, what, where and how questions help us to find out how we fit into his plans and what His will for us personally will look like.

A good example to show the need for this manner of approaching the Word would be Matthew chapter 5 verses 44 and 45:

“But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.”

Father, who are my enemies and those that persecute me?

When am I to love and pray for them?

What am I to pray concerning them?

Where can I demonstrate your love for them?

Father, How can I turn my enemies into friends?


These are the questions we should be asking of God after we have yielded to the obvious

intent of His Word.

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