Why Me, God? - God is in Control
God often uses the events in our lives to do a work in the life of someone else. The truth is that we all tend to have a very small world view. Our world revolves around us and because everything in our personal world affects us, we forget that we are not the cause and effect of everything. The reality is that we are one of millions of human beings making decisions every second. Every one of those decisions affects the world, while only some of them affect us directly.
We are not in control. God is in control and nothing happens apart from Him. Nothing changes except it proceeds from Him. In Genesis we read how God created all things, set them in their place, gave them direction, and set them into motion in perfect harmony and balance. No matter how many free-will decisions are made every second, everything remains in God's balance. Hebrews 1:3 says, "The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word…" No individual can throw the universe into disorder. God is always in control.
Life isn't always fair in our eyes, but God is always fair. We are not victims in this life. We are unconditionally and passionately loved by our Father God. Perhaps when we are feeling distressed and we ask, "Why me?" His answer might be, "Trust Me, I love you. I am working everything out for your good!"
Why Me, God? - One Man's Story
A man in the Bible named Job asked, "Why me, God?" He enjoyed a good life. He was favored of God and blameless in God's sight. Satan, not being omniscient, was seemingly not aware of Job's existence until one day the Lord said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil" (Job 1:8). God challenged, encouraged, and allowed Satan to inflict personal extreme pain and suffering on Job. Because God knew Job, and knew he had chosen to love God no matter what, the Lord allowed Job's faith to be sorely tested. He permitted Satan to kill Job's family, plunder his land and cattle, and to destroy everything Job held dear in the earth.
What is the lesson? God demonstrated to Satan (and to us) that those whose hearts are truly turned to God, serve God, and love God passionately, cannot be turned away from God by any of Satan's tactics. God knew Job, his strengths and weaknesses, and He knew that Job was strong enough to go through everything Satan could unleash. Job, through God's strength, made it through his circumstances. Job understood that a person can lose everything they have, but when we belong to God, we have everything we need.
Job didn't do anything wrong. He was a servant of God, He loved God, and He was loved by God. Job's story is about trusting God for a good outcome, even while going through dire circumstances. Does that mean that all the bad things that happen in our lives are a "Job" event? Not necessarily. Job's lesson was passed down so we would know that God will bring about a good result for those who love Him, who steadfastly trust Him in all circumstances.
Why Me, God? - Hope
Are you totally trusting God in your circumstances? Do you believe His ways are always just and fair? Do you trust that His plans for you are for good and not for evil? If so, share those feelings with God. Consider the following prayer, "Dear Father, I trust You. I believe that You are in control of my life and that You allowed this circumstance to enter my life. I trust that You have a good result planned. Teach me to lean less on my own understanding and more on You. In Jesus' name, amen."
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