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This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is: WHY
We kneel in the wake of yet another school shooting. We’re but six weeks into the new year, and the statistics are staggering. 17 more people dead this week.
Beyond the obvious shock and dismay and sick-to-my-stomach feeling, it struck me that the initial collective question after Who? is always, Why?
Why did they do it? What was their motive? What could possibly have possessed someone to commit such a gross atrocity?
And then comes the next level of why:
Why, Lord? How could You have let this happen? What were You thinking? Just WHY?!
The line of questioning made me wonder if we have examples in Scripture of others who felt the same way.
A few psalms came to mind, mostly those asking the question, How long, O Lord? How long will You be silent?
Then I happened upon the book of Habakkuk, and it almost seemed as if he had written it for today, for this very situation:
“How long, Lord, must I call for help,
but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, ‘Violence!’
but you do not save?
Why do you make me look at injustice?
Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and conflict abounds.
Therefore the law is paralyzed,
and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
so that justice is perverted.”
The Lord’s Answer
“Look at the nations and watch—
and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
that you would not believe,
even if you were told.”
“Then the Lord replied:
‘Write down the revelation
and make it plain on tablets
so that a herald may run with it.
For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
it speaks of the end
and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it;
it will certainly come
and will not delay.”
Though we may be asking, “How long, O Lord?” He tells us to wait. It will certainly come.
Lament, yes. Mourn, yes. And keep waiting in hopeful expectation.
Come, Lord Jesus. Come.
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The “WHY God?” question is always a tough one. It’s heart-breaking. But like you said, the waiting in hopeful expectation is crucial in our walk of Faith.
What a beautiful chapter! He sent Jesus to teach us how to react differently in the wake of tragedy and disaster. Otherwise, the wait would feel impossible.
Oh, God, how long? Kate, I was asking the same question today and rumbling with it. We cannot know, but we can give voice and care and notice the hurting. We cannot be quiet. This is not normal.
Thank you, just thank you. <3
Again evil appears to win, but we know Christ overcomes all evil. He also died because of evil and He knows the pain, the Father knows the pain and the Holy Spirit is here to comfort and heal.
Perfect word for this week and perfect reflection, Kate. I love that passage you chose. Thanks!