Why God, Why?
Lord, I long to be done with brokenness and know wholeness, to avoid confusion and know enduring concern for You.
Read Psalm 44
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“We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts” (A. W. Tozer, 1897–1963).
There are very few of us who have not suffered at some stage in life from the “it’s not fair” syndrome. This ailment has various forms but what they almost all have in common is making comparisons with what others have been given or experienced or excused—and then complaining that we have been denied the same privileges.
For this psalmist the complaint is that although God is known to have acted on behalf of Israel’s ancestors and to have made many promises about blessings and victories, there is no indication of it happening today. In fact, the reverse is true—at the time of writing all that the psalmist can see is defeat and disgrace. It just isn’t fair! One can hear both the pain and the sense of injustice. “Don’t let anyone tell me it is because of my own sin. I really, really haven’t depended on my own strength instead of yours and I really, really have trusted in and worshipped you. So God, why haven’t you played your part and blessed me too?” The psalm ends with a prayer but not with a resolution. The pain remains.
So what can we learn from this? That telling God what we feel is OK? Yes—and, although we don’t see it in this psalm, sometimes speaking it aloud helps us to hear God’s voice in a different way. That sometimes life isn’t fair? Yes. That God is always there and always ready to listen? Yes. That everything will work out OK in the end? No—although of course the New Testament assures us that in eternal terms this remains true!
Try writing an “it’s not fair” psalm, admitting to jealousy of others’ families, spiritual experiences or material possessions. Then read verse 26 again and remember how much God loves you.
Gracious Father, there are so many things in life that are not fair. Enable me to see beyond this reality to Your faithfulness which lasts forever.
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