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Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday Morning Devo - Why?

But one testified in a certain place, saying: “What is man that You are mindful of him, Or the son of man that You take care of him? You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, And set him over the works of Your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet.” For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. Hebrews 2:6-8

I don't think there are many of us who haven't, at some point in their lives, looked up into the heavens and shouted, "Why?" We do this in the face of both wonder and tragedy, don't we?

The verses above are actually referring to an old testament, Psalm 8:3-4, where David stood in awe of all God had created. In other words, a positive experience. However, a lot of us have said basically this out of extreme distress. As though God should disrupt the natural occurrence of nature and consequences for an individual or group of individuals.

All of us die from one thing or another--some slowly and in pain and suffering, some so quickly that they hardly notice the moment of transition. All of us experience one accident or another, some because of something we did, some because of something someone else did. We all encounter germs and diseases not caused by germs. Happenstance. Nature. Cause and effect.

Sometimes God steps in and heals. I've seen miracles, but I've seen many more progress to the end of life. I don't know why now and probably will not know until I also die. Then, the Bible says, we will know as we are known (1 Corinthians 13:12). I am looking forward to that day.

Lord, so many things I don't understand or know the reason for, but You do, and that is enough for me. I trust You with and in everything because You know best. In Your precious Son's name and for His glory, amen.
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