Why doesn't God heal me / my wife / my mother-in-law?
Why doesn't God make me more successful / give me more money / let me find my dream job?
Why doesn't God get rid of those antisocial neighbours / unpleasant colleagues / rude people?
Why doesn't God [enter your current concern / worry / struggle / burden / gripe / pain here]?
You get the idea. The stuff that bugs you / really hurts you / gets you down / causes you serious anxiety is different to my stuff, and changes over time, but if we're believers in Jesus Christ we all ask the Why doesn't God…? question from time to time.
I'm here to tell you that there are only two possible answers, whatever the stuff / trouble. And they both relate to the F-word.
No, not that F-word.
Faith. In God.
Because although God may want to answer my prayer / grant my request, I need to excercise the faith that says He is good, He's my Heavenly Father – and that I need to ask Him. The Bible says He knows what I need before I ask – which implies that He expects me to ask. And if it applies to what I need it applies just as much to what I want. He wants me to come to Him in faith, relate to Him and speak with Him – rather than just sitting back then complaining that I don't have what I want. It puts the emphasis on Him instead of me.
Equally, He may know that it's best for me not to get what I think I want. He may want to grow something else in me, grow some more faith in me, by putting up with my troubles / disappointments / failures and exercising the faith that says He Knows Best and that He Plans Something Better.
Hard to do? Absolutely. Easy to write in a blog post? Totally. True? I think so.
What's your question for God? Bring it to Him – along with the F-word.
This post was prompted by my wife's godly wisdom in response to my bemoaning something not to my liking.