We may feel it’s wrong to ask God, “Why me?” or “Why this?”  Yet God Himself gently leads us to answers in His Word. He meets us with truths which sustain, comfort, and encourage—even in the most difficult of situations.

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We will briefly recap the first three answers to Why Me? from our previous blog on this question . Following that, we’ll unearth five additional, life-changing answers.

FIRST:  Why Me? We’re all members of the human race.  Along with everyone else, you and I live in a world torn by the consequences of sin (Romans 8:22). The believer in Christ, however, has the promise of an eternity free from suffering—and this gift is wonderfully available to every person (John 3:16).

SECOND:  Why Me? God is faithful to His creation. God mercifully reveals His faithfulness to mankind by not letting us succeed in all problem-solving; He alone is God (Isaiah 44:6-8). He gives daily reminders that we are not in control, paving the way for searching hearts to look past themselves and see Him, their Creator—and listen when He calls. What a blessing, when we think about it!

You may have noticed the first two biblical answers to the question of ‘Why Me?’ are generic to everyone. Yet now we find the reasons for trials in the lives of God’s followers narrowing down to a deeper, more personal level:

THIRD:  Why Me? Jesus desires His own to be in the world for the purposes of continuing the work of salvation (evangelism). God yet speaks to those who don’t know Him through His Creation, His Word, His Spirit, and His adopted children (Psalm 19:1-4; John 1:1; John 16:8-11; Acts 1:8). We’re partly here, facing hardship with the rest of humanity, in order to relate to people, sympathize and hurt with them, and befriend and love them—ready to share the good news of Jesus.

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Next: Powerful answers (Nos. 4-8) from God’s Word as to Why Me?

FOURTH:  We have a job to fulfill within the church body (family). Each follower of Jesus should be involved in helping equip other believers to be spiritually productive. Comforting others helps to strengthen and equip them (see Hebrews 10:24-25). In 2 Corinthians 1:4  we’re told to “comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” This becomes a mutual blessing.

FIFTH:  Why me? Because God purifies His own as silver and gold. Even though a child of God’s difficulties are not necessarily indicators he or she is immersed in sin, they are a means by which God purifies those whom He dearly loves (see Zechariah 13:9). God is very intentional about burning the dross (garbage) away from those who desire to serve Him wholeheartedly. And James chapter 1 testifies that trials strengthen our faith, should we allow this work to occur in us:

Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him (James 1:12).

Can you imagine? Almighty God giving you a crown of life while all of creation looks on?!

SIXTH:  God prunes His fruit-bearing branches to produce even more fruit. In the land and culture through which Jesus taught, grapes used for wine-making were common and even non-farmers knew vines must be pruned annually. Pruning was (and still is) the method of cutting out unwanted or unproductive branches so the following year’s crop of fruit would be as good as—or better than—the previous year’s.

In John 15:1-2 Jesus told His followers, “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.” The fruit Christ is referring to is the spiritual fruit in our lives, a phenomenal result of trust and obedience in God. Even a strong, healthy branch will experience temporary stress when cut back for the purpose of producing a greater harvest of fruit.

Amazingly, the trusting and obedient child of God may be wondering if God is displeased with him or her in extremely difficult times when, in actuality, God may be doing exactly what Christ said will be done to those who are, through Him, already bearing fruit! God personally and lovingly trims His reliable fruit-bearing branches as He joyfully looks ahead to the increase of good fruit that is to come in their lives.

SEVENTH:  Why me? Because Satan attacks those who powerfully display God in their lives. We see a shocking revelation of this occurrence in the Old Testament book of Job. God bragged before Satan about the upright walk of His servant (see Job 1:6-12). And in the New Testament, we read that Satan demanded of God permission to “sift Simon Peter like wheat” (Luke 22:31). That’s harsh!

If such is ever the reason for our suffering, however, we likely wouldn’t know: any believer who is walking humbly with God would probably not, for a moment, think God was bragging on him or her! Nonetheless, we can observe from Scripture this is another possible reason for a believer’s toughest trials. There is a spiritual dimension occurring in the heavens and on earth all the time which we are largely unaware of, as Scripture fully supports.

Friend, your Why Me? situation may be wildly applauded by the angelic hosts of God!

EIGHTH:  God is implementing His good in ways even the most trusting of His children cannot comprehend. Isaiah 55:8-9 states, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My Ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than Your thoughts.” This means we may never arrive at a “suitable” answer to our Why me? questions because we’re incapable of thinking beyond the immense separation between our reasoning ability and God’s high, good, and perfect ways.

This should make us feel loved and secure, rather than the opposite. God’s thoughts aren’t lower than our thoughts—they’re higher! His workings in our lives aren’t substandard paths—they are so good, high, and far above us that we can’t begin to fathom them!

Even if no other answers to our Why me? questions were to exist, this last one is all we should ever need to infuse us with strength joy, and rock solid hope—even in our weakest moments. This truth ought to bolster us to trust and obey God regardless of what we or those we care about are facing; to choose to have hearts at rest in the knowledge He will control the outcome in beauty and perfection. Because that’s Who God is and what He always does (Psalm 18:30).

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Embracing answers from God’s Word to the question of Why me? has the power to transform tears shed in anguish into tears of gratitude. These truths, if we allow them, will lead us to ask the question in reverse.

Why me?

Lord, why me to see Your glory in creation?

Why me to have people in my life who shared the truth of who You are?

Why me to have my sin atoned for on Your cross of Calvary?

Why me to have spiritual eyesight?

Why me, Lord, to understand my need for a Savior? To receive the gift of repentance?

Why me to be free and forgiven, with a place in Your kingdom and at Your table?

This God—His way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him. (Psalm 18:30)

In your Why Me? moments, take refuge in the God who loves you and comforts in unshakable truth.

June

June

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