“Why is this happening to me?” This may be a common question during times of desperation and despair. The “enlightened” and secular world would have you believe that this type of question is only asked by stupid people. There position is that everything is random. This includes life, death, love, hate, good, evil, sickness, health, sorrow, joy, clarity, confusion, war, peace, intelligence, and stupidity. They believe the Universe and all of the inner details are just a matter of chance, so any question as to why something happens is a waste of time. This is because their position is that there is no why.
Now what is interesting is that people in general love to reject, or ignore, God during good times. However, when a great tragedy occurs there is something that causes you to cry out to your Creator, “Why?”
What causes you to do this? Romans 1:21 says, ”For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. “ God tells us through His Word (the Bible) that deep inside all of us is knowledge of God. Because of our sin, we push it down and reject this knowledge, but nonetheless it is there. At times of brokenness we have a tendency to sense the knowledge of God that is implanted in our spiritual DNA and we cry out. This is because deep inside, we are seeking answers and we know that God has all the answers.
John 11:4 provides us with what I believe is the preeminent answer to all of our questions. Jesus tells his disciples that the illness of Lazarus is for the purpose of God being glorified. That means Lazarus’ pain, confusion, shortness of breath, anxiety, restlessness, discomfort, and eventual four day death was to glorify God. This is not the only time that Jesus talks about sickness being used to glorify God. In John 9, Jesus tells his disciples that a man’s blindness is for the purpose of displaying the works of God. In John 21, Jesus tells Peter that he will be killed because of his devotion to Christ and that his death is for the purpose of giving Glory to God. In fact, Jesus’ own death was for the purpose of glorifying God. In John 17, we see Jesus praying for God to be glorified because the “hour has come.” Jesus was talking about his crucifixion.
The list could go on and on; however, the point is this, everything is being used by God to glorify himself. His glory is like a funnel. All things, good and bad, will culminate in the Glory of God. This is why the Universe exists, to give glory to God. This is why you and I exist, to give glory to God. This is the purpose of your current circumstances, to give glory to God. If you keep this in mind, it will change how you handle your struggles.
Today if you are hurting, or confused, or anxious, rest assured that there is a reason, there is a why. And that why is because God desires to be glorified through your circumstances. Pray as Jesus prayed and ask that the God of this Universe would be glorified in your life, no matter what cross you must bear today!