As a result of a disease that took years to take its toll, Kyle was totally blind for his 14th birthday. He sunk into depression & loneliness & didn't care about getting out of his hole, rarely leaving his room. He questioned God, his parents, his friends & even strangers, but didn't get any answers to his satisfaction. After about a year his dad started leading him around inside the house to remind him of where things were. The father wanted the son to start being involved in the house again, but Kyle would have none of that. Finally one day his dad decided to take a different approach. He woke Kyle up & boldly told him to complete several chores before he came back from work that day. If Kyle didn't get finished, there would be severe consequences. Then the front door slammed. So Kyle got up & drudgingly went to work. There were a couple of minor mishaps & a few close calls, but he made it. When he finished the last chore someone gave him a big hug from behind. It was his dad. The father had taken the day off & had been right next to him the whole time!
Job of the Bible lost his animals, servants & children. After that he was covered with painful sores. Then the questions started coming. What did I do to deserve this? Have you ever felt like that? John the Baptist did.
2When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples 3to ask him, "Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?"
What do you think motivated this question? John was the forerunner of Jesus who was sent to prepare the way for the Christ and now he was in prison. Do you think, since John was in trouble & Jesus hadn't done anything to get him out, that John was wondering if this was how God rewards his anointed; is this how God honors the faithful? Could it be that John thought his release from prison would be best & that if Jesus was in command he should do something about it? Aren't questions asked anytime the faithful suffer the consequences of the faithless? Anytime a person takes a step in the right direction only to have their feet knocked out from under them. Anytime a person does good but suffers evil as a result. Then the questions come, "If God is so good, why do I hurt so bad?" "Why doesn't God do something?"
Sometimes, does God choose to do nothing?
4Jesus replied, "Go back and report to John what you hear and see:5The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. 6Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me."
Was the problem Jesus' silence or John's inability to hear & see? Jesus basically said, "Tell John everything is going as planned." John ended up dying in prison.
Notice in the book of Job that God didn't give Job answers, but he did give Job perspective. God could have said, "People will read about you for thousands of years. I'd bet on you against the devil!"
Sometimes being able to see things from God's perspective is better than getting all the answers to our selfish questions. If we make it through our ordeal with a better way to see the Father, like Kyle realizing that his dad was there right beside him all along, then wasn't it worth it?