Calamities. Death. Accidents. Pain. Suffering. Why these need to take place? Why do we need to suffer? Why do we need to endure the pain? We are the children of God, aren’t we? Why does he allow things like these to happen most especially to His precious children?
We prayed. We asked. But we didn’t receive. No response. Simply silence. It is as if no one hears our silent prayers even God. We try to shout at the top of our lungs. Maybe this time, He will notice. But nothing. We reason out ourselves. Maybe this is His plan.
We begin to doubt. We start to hate. We find ourselves cursing the God we once believed. Why, God, why? We want to still believe, to have faith, to surrender all to Him. But the long silence only drains all of our strength.
“I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to all.”
Calamities happen to all, so as death, accidents, pain and suffering. No one is pain proof, even us Christian. But why? We thought having faith to God will give us abundant eternal life. No way are we experiencing all these suffering.
We cannot fathom the unfathomable. And that’s God. He is the unfathomable. Our fate, even how depressing it might be, is God’s great providence. As man cannot find out what may or may not happen, he needs to use every opportunity with all his might. There are seasons for everyone, casual to men but known to God.
There is no pain, no suffering, no frustration, no disappointment that cannot be cured or taken up and used for higher ends.
~Why? The Question that Never Goes Away by Philip Yancey
At long last, I’ve posted my reflection to Philip Yancey’s book. After 3 months! 🙂