The Big Question: Why?

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

The weather service on Monday evening issued a warning for high winds accompanied by heavy rains and potentially damaging hail. Thankfully, our area saw only a few downed trees and heavy rain. However, it was a different story in Lancaster, NH where two fatalities occurred when a circus tent was ripped out of the ground during a packed show. When events such as this happen, people are often left asking, “Why did God allow this?”

Although questions are understandable, in the face of a crisis, they reveal two false presuppositions. The first is that this present world should be free of all pain and discomfort. This assumption fails to acknowledge that all of creation bears the effects of sin and is looking forward to the coming of Christ. The new heaven and earth is a certain, but future reality. Until then, we will experience trials and pain this side of heaven. The second assumption is that God has to make sense to us and if He doesn’t, He owes us an explanation. In Luke chapter 9, the disciples of Jesus notice a man blind from birth and inquire of Jesus the reason for this man’s infirmity. Was this man being punished for sins he had committed or because his parents had sinned? Jesus replied, “…but this has happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”

When an unexpected trial or personal crisis strikes your life, or that of someone you love, remember that God is perfect in wisdom and His ways are beyond our comprehension. Difficulties may take us by surprise, but never God. He is already there and waiting to help us, strengthen us, encourage us, and grow us in spiritual maturity. So, the best place to be when a storm hits, is to be trusting in the one true God who is always in control.