Answering Tough Questions: WHY?

Isaiah 55:8-9  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  9  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Why? This seems to be a logical question? As a pastor, I encounter this question a lot. I wish people understood that even the most spiritual of leaders are constantly struggling with the same question. Learning how to understand the ways and reasoning of God is way more complicated than the human mind can imagine. This one passage of scripture gives us the ability to begin to wrap our hearts and minds around this one question: why?

When asked “why?” the only way to respond is, “I honestly do not know.” The thoughts and ways of God are not like ours. We often look at the question of why in a sense of what happens when bad things happen to seemingly good people. We must remind ourselves that the same question could be asked in accordance to God’s sacrificial love. For example, why would God sacrifice His only Son in order to rescue and redeem a world that rejected Him? You have to understand that the ways and plans of God are far greater than imaginable from both perspectives.

The only thing we can know with certainty is that God does not think like we think. Honestly, is that a good thing? I mean if God thought like we thought then lightning would be way more deadly. If God thought like we thought then He would hold grudges, hate, and become very vindictive. Thankfully, God does not think like we think. He is not contaminated with sin. Therefore, His thoughts are so much higher than our thoughts and his ways much more higher. Think deeply upon this for a minute. We can only see and think in one dimension. Our vision is at best 20-20. God’s vision is eternal. We have to understand that while we only see what we can see at the present moment God can see far beyond the moment.

It is not wrong to ask God why. I have often wondered that if we had the answer to why if it would make us feel better. It is my prayer that we (me included) would come to a place where we realize that God just has a higher, holier, and sometimes hidden perspective that we may not understand until we see things in light of eternity.