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Rev. Peter Greiner

Sun 6 Mar

When events take place we often ask “Why?” It can be as simple as why did the car stop? And the answer might be, “I ran out of petrol.” The event might be more complex. Why did I get this illness? Or why did I get COVID? Or why does the family not visit? There are many events that we will encounter on a daily basis. Sometimes we will find an answer to the WHY. However, there will be many times when we will not be given an answer. Job is a prime person of one who experienced many devastating events and yet was given an answer as to why. As you read of Job’s life, you certainly would expect some sort of answer as he was struck with tragedy. Instead, Job kept on trusting. I am sure there would have been numerous questions in the back of his mind. He kept trusting and praising God. Solomon in Ecclesiastes 6 is thrown a why question. Why does God give you wealth and possessions and honour, but then does not enable you to enjoy such gifts? In Solomon’s thinking this is meaningless. What is the point of it? Two questions add to this puzzle. Why does God allow bad things happen to good people? Why does God allow good things good things to happen to bad people? Before you answer, remember God has allowed good things to happen to sinners such as you and I.