Storm Chaser • Devotion #6: Why?
Jen Combs | Wife of Lead Pastor Josh Combs
This past May, Josh and I were able to go to Florida and serve with an organization that works with families that have terminally ill children. One thing that struck me while I was there was this storm had no regard of people. There were rich people decked out in their matching family printed shirts raising awareness for whatever illness their child had. There were back woods country people with hardly any teeth. There were British folks. Mennonites dressed in their overalls and dresses. There were Mexicans and Arabs. One family that stuck out the most to me was a handsome, tall, athletic, African American man with his little boy. Even this big strong man could not fight this battle for his son. All types of people standing in line waiting for me to serve them dinner. It was only through Jesus that I could compose my emotions. I so badly wish I could tell them why. Why would God do this? Why would He let this happen? My heart broke as I stared into the eyes of these parents, siblings, grandmas, and grandpas who were going to be left behind without their little one. Maybe you are going through a storm that you are asking God “why?” I am going to tell you; I do not know. Just as in my head, I was telling these families. However, during unexplainable and torturous storms, we have to rely on God and His Word because that is all we have.
There is a story in the Old Testament about a man named Job. Job saw all kinds of tragedy. He was struck with illness, lost his fortune, and even all of his children. His friends told him to turn from God. His wife told him to curse God and die. (It is a long book but worth the read if you are up for it.) Job stays faithful to God and at the end of his life, God restores. Job 42:12 says, “And the Lord blessed the later days of Job more than his beginning.” He had more children and was richer than before. The Bible says, “…And Job died an old man and full of days.” What do we learn from Job? To stay faithful to God through our storms no matter how awful they are and somehow on the other side of it, we are better than before. I do not know how that happens. However, God says in Isaiah 55:8, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For the heavens are higher than the Earth. So are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” We have to trust in Him that He knows what is best even if it hurts or does not make sense. Remember God has felt everything that we feel. He has felt hurt, anger, betrayal, poverty, sadness, and hunger. He even experienced the death of His Son. In the midst of our storms, remember He loves us, knows what is best for us, and has felt everything we feel.
Psalm 34:18, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.”