Why? As a human, it’s a question I’m normally drawn to ask but as a parent, it is a question that I loathe. Sometimes my why questions are things that keep me awake at night such as, “Why do we park on driveways and drive on parkways?” Or better yet, “If you are bald, what hair color do they put on your driver's license?” Thankfully, I’ve not had to deal with that second question yet.
In all seriousness, there are questions that are beyond my scope of understanding. Like Habakkuk, I find myself wondering why God’s timetable doesn’t look like mine or why He would permit evil in the world when it will harm His children. Or, how about this one, “Why does God not rid the world of diseases such as cancer?” Before you’re tempted to give me Biblical rationale, please know that I know all the “theological” answers. I grasp them and I even teach them.
But why? Truth is, I will never know the answer to that question this side of eternity. What I do know, however, is that God is good and God can be trusted. In fact, if you fast forward through Habakkuk’s writings to chapter 3, you’ll hear him say, “yet I will rejoice in the Lord… God, the Lord, is my strength.”
Take courage in this truth. And, don’t miss the next few weeks as we journey with Habakkuk to see how he could arrive at there. I believe that in the end, your journey just may look a lot like his. Oh, and by the way, “Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?” Maybe one day we will know the answers!