Jesus Asks Why

22 Jun

jesus on crossAnd about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Matthew 27:46 ASV)

Why?

Have you ever asked God why? I have.  At various crossroads in my life, I have whispered, cried, and screamed those words.

Sometimes uttering those words brings a flood of guilt, and makes me think that I am lacking faith, misdirected, or simply sinful.

Don’t get me wrong. I am those things [lacking faith, misdirected, and sinful] on a regular basis; however, asking God why does not require any of those things to be true.

I know because Jesus, the sinless Son of God, asked the same question.

He knew God’s mission, but that knowledge made it no easier. In the garden, he prayed for another way, but His prayers did not bring any relief.  With tears, he asked that His cup of suffering might be taken away.

In the midst of his suffering, he cried Why.

This brings me comfort because it is good to know that He understands. He felt the loneliness, the darkness, the pain. He sees how suffering causes me to question God’s presence, and doubt God’s approval.

Asking why can be an expression of our faith as we wrestle with human emotions and our freedom.

Asking why is our reaching out to feel God’s peace in our pain.

005Dr. G. David Boyd is the Founder and Managing Director of EA Resources.  He is the father of three boys, and the husband of one amazing woman.

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