Asking Why

Susan Medenblik Kooima

READ : Job 42

Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. (v. 3)

Job has the makings of a good story. From the outset the reader is clued in to what is going on behind the scenes: God is allowing Satan to test a “blameless and upright” man. Job, meanwhile, has no idea of this supernatural scheme and endures unthinkable hardships which he does not deserve. Although Job never curses God, he does challenge him for answers.

God’s response, though, is surprising. He does not answer Job’s challenges directly, nor does he really address the reason for Job’s suffering. God does not even explain that the hardships were a test. Rather, God describes his sovereignty over all creation and indicates to Job that human insight is too limited to understand the divine purposes of an infinite God.

Remember Job the next time you complain or challenge the Lord or struggle with understanding what is happening to you. We humans always want to know why God allows bad things to happen, but perhaps we are asking the wrong question. Instead, we should be asking how even our suffering is under the sovereign control of our loving Father.


Lord, sometimes we endure many hardships, and we question why. Help us to trust you even when we do not understand your plan.