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"Why, Lord?"

March 3, 2004

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Today's Reading: John 4:31-54 & Psalm 34

When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to Him and begged Him to come and heal His son, who was close to death. John 4:47

Consider that royal official. He traveled from his home in Capernaum to Cana, where Jesus was staying. Perhaps as he traveled to beg on behalf of his dying son, he was thinking, “Why did You let this happen to me … to my son?” Yes, Jesus allowed this man’s son to become sick unto death. And yes, Jesus still allows wounds to be inflicted on our loved ones … and on us. But never are we to look upon such wounds as signs of God's anger toward us.

Jesus loved the official and He loved his son. Jesus loves us, and our loved ones. Not the official, nor his son … not us, nor our loved ones … are ever afflicted with wounds—physical, mental, or emotional—because of God's anger over sin! All suffering for sin was and is forever accomplished on Calvary’s Holy Hill.

As long as we’re in this world, we are attacked by Satan and encased in a sinful flesh that wants nothing to do with faith. It’s impossible for us to keep the faith unless God, who gives faith, protects and strengthens the faith He has given to us. Go ahead and ask, “Why did you let this happen to me?” But be sure to listen to God’s answer.

He may answer loudly, “Because I love you!” He may answer softly, “Because I love you.” From the cross and in His Word, He always answers, and it’s always the same: “Because I love you.”

Almighty God, whose wisdom far surpasses ours, have compassion on us in our times of trial so that our trust may rest ever more securely in the promises of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, through whom we pray. Amen.

What wounds do you have to bring before the Lord today? Bring them. Ask Him. Then listen for His answer.

Today's Bible Readings: Leviticus 15-16    Mark 8:22-38

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