"Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?" - Job 38:4
When tragedy strikes, questions follow. Our loss of a loved one may lead us to ask God any number of pointed questions: "Why did You let this happen?" "Whose fault was this?" "Don't you care about my pain?" Believe me, as the grieving daughter of a Mother who suddenly passed from an illness I have asked these very questions.
The book of Job records the questions Job asks as he sits down with friends to lament his suffering. He had lost his family as well as his health and possessions. At one point, he asks, "Why is light given to him who is in misery, and life to the bitter of soul?" (3:20.) Later, he asks, "What strength do I have, that I should hope?" (6:11). and, "Does it seem good to You that You should oppress?" (10:3). Many have stood near a headstone placed too early and asked similar questions.
But when you all the way to the end of the book, you get a surprise. When God responds to Job (chs. 38-41), He does it in an unexpected way. He turns the tables and asks Job questions-different questions that show His wisdom and sovereignty. Questions about His magnificent creation-the earth, stars, and sea. And the questions all point to this: God is sovereign. God is all-powerful. God is love. And God knows what He is doing.
We comprehend him not,
Yet earth and heaven tell,
God sits as sovereign on the throne,
And ruleth all things well. - Gerhardt
Our greatest comfort in sorrow is to know that God is in control.
No one ever said it was going to be easy to lose a close loved one. Yes we are going to ask God why and that is ok. We just need to realize God is in control and is with us all the way during this time of mourning.
Father, We come to you in a time of great sorrow and ask that you remind us that you are right here with us. Here to comfort those of us who have yet to mourn, those of us who don't know how to mourn, and those of us who are still asking why. May your grace remind us that you are in control.