Why Lord

I love the song by John Michael Talbot called “Why”. The lyrics begin:

Why did it have to be a friend
Who chose to betray the Lord
Why did he use a kiss to show them
That’s not what a kiss is for
Only a friend can betray a friend
A stranger has nothing to gain
And only a friend comes close enough
To ever cause so much pain

And why did there have to be thorny
Crown pressed upon His head
It should have been the royal one
Made of jewels and gold instead
It had to be a crown of thorns
Because in this life that we live
For all who seek to love
A thorn is all the world has to give

And why did it have to be
A heavy cross He was made to bare
And why did they nail His feet and hands
His love would have held Him there
It was a cross for on a cross
A thief was supposed to pay
And Jesus had come into the world
To steal every heart away

Yes, Jesus had come into the world
To steal every heart away

In this life, the never-ending question when we are suffering is “Why”? Even Job submitted the same question to God in his suffering.

If I have sinned, what have I done to you, you who sees everything we do? Why have you made me your target? Have I become a burden to you? —Job 7:20

We lose our sense of reasoning in our suffering. We turn to God and can shake our fists at him in anger for what he permitted. We resort to self-pity and complaining eventually allowing seeds of bitterness and resentment to become a stronghold.

Why do the righteous suffer? You made a decision to follow Jesus and give him everything. When he comes to collect his wages for the cost of our lives we find it so hard to give freely what he is asking us to sacrifice or take.

You see, truly following Jesus will cost you everything.

He said, “It is necessary that the Son of Man suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, be killed, and be raised the third day.” —Luke 9:22

So it was necessary for Jesus to suffer many things — rejection, death, and resurrection — just for our salvation. He has told us no servant is greater than their master. So if Jesus had to go through various sufferings and even death, and we are his servants, why are we puzzled by our sufferings?

And He goes on to say in Luke 9:23-24
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.

Count the cost. What is your cross that God has permitted in order that you may lose your life to save it? Losing your life means, to lose yourself — that you may die completely to “self”, that Christ may live in you.

Why, Lord, would you allow me to pray for a child, then allow a miscarriage or a stillborn?

Why, Lord, would allow my only child to be taken from me?
Why, Lord, would you allow me to be betrayed by someone I loved and trusted?

Why, Lord, would you allow me to stay in a difficult, loveless, and troubled marriage?

Why, Lord, would you allow my church congregation to spread rumors about me?

Why, Lord, would you allow my loved one to be taken by covid or cancer when I prayed and believed for healing?

Why, Lord, would you allow such a delay in my marriage when that is the heart’s desire?

Why, Lord, would you allow my body to be riddled with sickness and ailments that are that cause chronic pain?

Why, Lord, would you allow infidelity in my marriage and tell me to stay and stick it out?

Why, Lord, would you allow my family to be broken apart. When I served you faithfully, prayed and believed yet still my spouse left me, why?

Why, Lord, would you allow me to lose my job when I am the sole provider in your home?

Why, Lord, would you allow me to be overlooked and another chosen instead when I worked so hard?

Why, Lord, do you allow me to be oppressed by Satan and tested over and over again?

Why, Lord, do you allow me to experience dark nights where I feel abandoned with no direction yet you I am trying to seek you?

Why does it seem, God, you are not answering prayers…why, why, why, why? And we can go on and on. Why? The answer is found in the cross.

Although He was Son, He had to learn obedience from what he suffered. —Hebrews 5:8

If Jesus had to suffer to learn obedience, how much more us, who are so bent towards rebellion?

Suffering teaches us obedience to the Father’s will and obedience to His ways. Jesus, every day, has to see one of his precious children die by abortion or sacrifice. Jesus was betrayed by one of his disciples whom he loved. Jesus continues to love us, his brides who are so easily drawn away by other lovers. Yet he never leaves us — but stays and waits patiently until we return our hearts back to him. Jesus had continuous accusations hurled against him — and still does to this day.

Jesus lost his foster-father, Joseph, at a young age. He knows what it feels like to lose a loved one. Jesus so desperately desires His brides to be where he is — but has delayed time and time again because we are not ready. So he knows the pain of waiting a long time for a promise. Jesus took our infirmity and sickness on the cross and He continues to stay in countless marriages with brides who are unfaithful. Yet he is never unfaithful to them.

Jesus left the comfortability of being with his family and with his Mother to do the Father’s will until He died. Jesus understands the pain of being apart from his family. Jesus was overlooked time and time again by the religious leaders and by the crowd when they chose Barabbas instead of Him. Jesus was tested and harassed by the devil for forty days, and during his entire Passion. Jesus also felt the veil of abandonment on the cross. He understands and that is why we must suffer — that we all may follow our Master, becoming a servant of obedience and transformed to look just like Him. That is Why.

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My Name Is Mary Elisha I started this blog 6 years ago on my journey walking with Jesus and never knew all that he had in store for me. It has been a journey of tears, trust and confidence in him. Knowing that He is my loving spouse and he wouldn't lead me astray however he has given many suprises along the way! lol Upon fully surrendering my life to Jesus, he has completely turn my world right side up. Filled me with his spirit and showed himself in supernatural ways. He has completely left me in awe leaving me with the thought.....(as most Holy Spirit filled followers of Christ also say) why didn't I surrender 15 years ago! lol. When I started this blog I was a 30 years old zealous for the Lord and desiring to make his love known because it tranformed my life. However, I didn't know the way and the road in which he would take me. It is the way of the cross, the way of holiness and the way of love. Living a life seperated from the world and compltely concecrated to him. I no longer belong to myself, but to him as he has led me to a life of hiddeness and deep intimacy I didn't know was so avalialble for all who would make their lives, their hearts his home. He has given me a new name, a renewed purpose and a heavenly family who is so very present and so real to me. Saints who cheer me on, give me council and pray for me everyday to ensure I do the Lords will and the greatest gift of all He has led me to his Mother! Who has always been My Mother just never knew it. I love Mother Mary, she is my heart, my friend and confidant and continues to prepare me to a worthy bride to her son, Jesus. It is she, who has handpicked me for this mission and to run the community "City of God: Sacred Heart Refuge" in Ghana, West Africa. This is her mission and her ministry as a gift to Jesus and I just get to be her handmaiden. Heartdwellers Ghana is an extention of Heartdwellers ministry by Mother Clare and Father Ezekiel from Still Small Voice Channel. Jesus has taught us about divine intimacy with him. As we dwell in his heart, He and the Father come to make their home within us. (John Where Jesus is all of heaven is as well because the kingom of God is within. So here may you come to get fresh manna from Jesus and any ther saints who may want to give us council, encouragment and exhortation that we may finish this race of faith and run to win the prize. To be a bride spotless, blameless adorened with purity, carying the fire of charity and zeal for our fathers glory. That we maybe ready for him when He comes back for us. Our Lord, Jesus Christ is amazing the intimate you become with him the more in awe he leaves you. I hope this blog draws you nearer to our Lord and you began to open the ears and the eyes of your heart to all that he has to say to you and show you. All of these messages are from Jesus with love...to you. May you be blessed by his words of life. God bless you!

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