Swimming in “Why?”

Jeremiah 17:7 – The man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence indeed is the Lord, is blessed. (HCSB)

Luke 1:37 – For nothing will be impossible with God (ESV)

My grandchildren were enjoying playing in the pool when a horsefly landed on my grandson’s head. I yelled for him to go under the water. His response was to stay where he was and ask “why?” I told him again to go under the water, and again his only action was to ask “why?” By that time I had gotten to him and was able to shoo the horsefly away before it decided to sting. I told my grandson about the horsefly, and said, “When I tell you to do something, just know there’s a reason so do it and I’ll explain later.”   I could almost hear God saying, “Seriously? You are telling someone to do what you tell them, when you tell them, and to have faith in your reasoning?” He didn’t add, “You, who can at times out “why?” a two-year-old”, but it certainly was implied! Psalm 139:6 tells us that God’s knowledge is amazing and more than we can understand. Time after time we see God’s people in the Bible stand still and ask “why?” instead of having faith in what they knew was true. Time after time today we continue see God’s people stand still and ask “why?” instead of having faith in what we know is true.  Oswald Chambers said, “Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time,” and Charles Hodge said, “The ultimate ground of faith and knowledge is confidence in God.” So many times we are willing to stand on faith but are not willing to move in faith. I wanted my grandson to trust me enough to react immediately when I called to him. I wanted him to react immediately to my command because of his personal knowledge that I would always look out for his welfare. Isn’t that what God wants of us as well? We know of God’s protection in the past and that gives us confidence of His protection in the future. Jeremiah 29:11 says that God knows the plans He has for me, plans for my well being, not to cause me harm. Even when I don’t know the plan, I know the Planner, and that’s all I need to know to rest assured that the plan is a good one!

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