Parting Words From The WORD…Why This? Why Now?

Laughing Jesus by Robert Wilson, Sr.

Laughing Jesus by Robert Wilson, Sr.

I know today’s scripture is one we’ve all heard hundreds of times before, but I believe the Lord must be trying to tell me something, and perhaps He wants to tell you, too.

In just the past 5 or 6 days, I’ve had similar conversations with ladies in multiple venues: Several women at two different weekend retreats where I was the speaker; on a phone call with a lady who had questions about Christian Communicators Conference; at a restaurant where I met with a precious CC sister; and in the car with a dear young lady who picked me up at the airport.

In each situation, the sister in the Lord had either gone through or was currently going through a difficult situation and–at least at one point–wasn’t sure what God was doing. In each case, there were two questions regarding the struggle:

Why this, Lord? Why now?

I couldn’t believe I had heard the repeated refrain over and over again. Not necessarily in those same words, but it had been the same basic conflict in each case: Why was this happening and why was it happening now, at this point in my life?

Why am I having this conflict in my marriage at a time when I’m growing closer to you?

Why did I go through this completely unexpected medical issue at this young age?

Why did I let that sin overtake me when I have such a precious family?

Why did that woman discourage me at a time when I feel I’m following God’s direction?

Why this? Why now?

As I kept hearing these questions and talking and praying with these ladies, one verse continued to replay itself over and over in my heart and mind. It’s one we all learned early in our walk with Christ, and yet its words ring truer to me today than ever before as this world and our culture grow further and further from God.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whohave been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (NIV)

Why this? God often uses His own blessings to draw us to Himself, whether it’s complications in our health or our children or our marriages.

Why now? Satan often uses the deepest joys of our hearts to attempt to put a distance between us and the Father.

But the good news is, the Lord is always the victor, because what Satan meant for evil, God can turn it upside down and use it for good.

I can look back on several hardships in my life that seemed to have been anything but a blessing. And yet it was those very things that God used to ultimately orchestrate His perfect will for my life and my family. If the struggle hadn’t happened, the good couldn’t have come about. It’s as simple as that.

Why this and why now?

Because it had to be. Because God wants to give us His best and bring glory to His name.

I pray His blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,

Vonda

Thanks for sharing!

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  • Ruth Allender

    Most of my life I prided myself in being a “why” person. God wired me naturally inquisitive and I love closing the loop on matters, something more easily done when I can grasp the “why” of the matter. It was a surprise to discover that I was, indeed, “priding” myself for than Him in many situations! In His mercy, the reality of this verse has even more personal meaning now as He teaches me to savor the opportunities to obey, period.Thank you, Vonda!

    • Oh, Ruth, you sound like me! I was always proud of how I could MAKE things happen–whether it was God’s will or not! But what joy it is when HE allows or even makes things to happen. The pressure is off me to make them happen or to change them to what I want. Life is less stressful when I let Him be the God He is. Thanks for your honesty, Ruth!

  • Nan Jones

    I find comfort when I think of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane before His crucifixion. Like us, He didn’t want to go through the fire in front of Him, but He chose to trust His Father and walked on in obedience. Even though I’m not Jesus, I can personally apply that principle to my life and know that God is with me and He is for me, so who can dare to be against me? Amen?

    • Amen, Nan! And the realization that He will use the very things I’m trying to avoid–all to bring about His glory and my good. I love God’s upside-down economy!

  • Vonda, I think the truth of Rom. 8:28 is one of the greatest blessings we have as children of God. Knowing this truth and living by it really sets us apart from the world and enables us to live in peace and bring Him glory. I’m so grateful to be one of His!

    • You’re so right, Cheryl! We are set apart when we trust Him with it all. I often think of Paul in his missionary journeys. His days were difficult, to say the least. And yet, those details were exactly how God got Paul to the place He ultimately wanted him to be!

  • Cindy Nicholson

    What a timely message Vonda! I have just recently been asking those same two questions. Thank you for that sweet reminder that God is sovereign and in control. And even more than that he’s faithful and trustworthy!

    • Wow–another confirmation. Don’t you love how God truly cares about the details of our lives? LOVE your photo, BTW. Blessings, Mama!

  • Cyn Rogalski

    So True. The enemy knows his time is short, & he’s making headway with our society, so why not you? We already know he doesn’t fight fair-will ALWAYS kick you when you’re down.
    Plant your feet firmly–NOT TODAY satan…NOT TODAY!

    • Yes, yes, yes, Cyn! You’re absolutely right, and the evil one is busier than ever. He thinks he’s winning, but we know the truth. We just have to continue to hold on and claim it! ((Hugs))

  • Hallelujah! You nailed it! Love this post. 🙂 🙂 Love you too!

    • And I love you, sweet friend. Thank you for your encouragement!