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Why? Why? Why?

April 24, 2019
By Casey Musselman, Dean of High School Students

Children are always asking “Why?” They are naturally curious. The world according to a five year old is new, weird, fascinating, and a bit scary. Children want to know why things are as they are. However, that inquisitiveness does not normally last long. Teenagers become bored with the world. Adults have seen it all. We stop asking “Why?” because we think we know why things happen.

That is not how we were meant to be. One of the best descriptions of God, and a favorite verse of mine, is Isaiah 55:8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  We worship a big God. A God that we cannot understand. God gave us a desire to have a relationship with Him and to know Him as best we can. That involves asking Him “Why?” We have to be curious like a five year old. We read God’s Word to learn about His ways so that we can know Him. We pray for wisdom by asking “Why?” God is a dynamic, relational God who wants to reveal himself to us. We have to engage and ask “Why?”

In Christ-centered education, we also ask the question “Why?” God’s creation is logical and knowable. He designed it for us to explore and understand. Why do the laws of Physics work? Why do societies need governments? Why does Shakespeare move us like no other author? How does DNA replicate all living beings? At Grace we are not satisfied with simple, shallow facts. We want to know why those facts exist. We challenge logic. We challenge popular ideas. We employ the reason God gave us to dig deep into knowledge. We know that the answers we find will lead us back to an all knowing, all powerful God.

There are many reasons Jesus told us to have the faith of a little child. Trust, unconditional love, joy, and a dependence on Him are all reasons why we should be like children to God. One important reason that is often ignored is to continue to ask “Why?” God has all the answers and wants to reveal Himself to us. As another favorite verse, Isaiah 1:18 reads, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” God wants us to know Him. We just need to ask.

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