If I have sinned,
what have I done to you,
O watcher of men?
Why have you made me your target?
Have I become a burden to you?
Why do you not pardon my offenses
and forgive my sins?
JOB 7:20-21 (NIV) (WORDS OF JOB)
When I first learned I had cancer, I did not ask, “Why me, God?” But don’t get the wrong impression; it isn’t bad to ask that question. The Bible is full of people who, at some time or another couldn’t make sense of life and came to God with their questions. Job is one such example: “Your hands shaped me and made me. Will you now turn and destroy me?” (Job 10:8). “If I have sinned, what have I done to you O watcher of men? Why have you made me your target? Have I become a burden to you?” (Job 7:20)
Those questions were asked by a great man of faith. God himself said of Job, “There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright.” (Job 1:8) And yet he came to God asking some very strong, straight forward questions. It is not wrong to ask questions.
“The minute we begin to think we know all the answers,
we forget the questions, and
we become smug like the Pharisee
who listed all his considerable virtues,
and thanked God that he was not like other men …
Those who believe they believe in God,
but without passion in the heart,
without anguish of mind,
without uncertainty, without doubt,
and even at times without despair,
believe only in the idea of God,
and not in God Himself.”
On the journey with you,