“Why Me, Lord?” is one of the first questions we often ask ourselves when tragedy strikes. Maybe it is the loss of a job, troubles in a relationship, or health issues such as being told one has cancer. For some of us, the same question comes up when we get a cold or the flu, or have a flat tire, or hit a deer, or break a nail or drop your phone or get caught in the rain without an
Somewhere along the way, we have become convinced that life should go our way, all the time. As a Christian, you may believe God will protect us from every tragedy, large or small. God is good and because we are Christians, life thus should be fair. However, life is not fair. We learn that lesson early in life and about the time we forget, we are reminded with another painful lesson that hurts again. So again, we ask, “Why Me, Lord?”
Maybe you feel like the path you are on is just unbearable, that it has gotten too steep or rocky? Maybe it just seems way too long, and you cannot hold up any longer. You get the f
eeling that you cannot handle it anymore and you are weighed down, way down. What keeps us going in those moments?
Jack Zavada writes: “While physical pain can be overwhelming, it is not the most important thing in life. Jesus is. Experiencing financial loss can be devastating, but it is not all that matters. Jesus is. The death or loss of a loved one leaves an unbearable vacuum in your days and nights. But Jesus Christ is still there. When we ask, “Why Me?” we make our circumstances more important than Jesus. We forget the temporariness of this life and the eternity of life with him. Our hurt makes us overlook the fact that this life is preparation and heaven is the payoff.”
In Hebrews, Paul writes: Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin that so easily entangles us, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, scorning the shame and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1-2).”
Paul also writes in Philippians 3:13-14: “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
It is hard to keep our eyes on the prize of Jesus, but he is what makes sense when nothing else does. When he said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” (John 14:6, NIV), he was showing us the path through all our “Why Me?” experiences.
Suffering is so unfair but do not let it steal Jesus from you. You must keep going. If you can manage, with the help of the Holy Spirit to look beyond your suffering to your sure reward of eternal life with Jesus, you can make it through this journey. Pain may be an unavoidable detour, but it cannot keep you from reaching your final destination. (to be continued)