Why Ask Why?

by Lester Young

Why has God delivered us? Because we needed it? Sure, that’s absolutely true! Hey, if push comes to shove, regardless of why He actually did it, thank God that He did do it. But, just for a second or two, let’s consider anyway the question of why.

Now, certainly we can’t gloss over the fact that Man had fallen and couldn’t get up. So, of course, the Lord delivered us because we needed deliverance. But, if we simply stop there, I believe we’d be coming up a bit short and missing something that we really need to grasp hold of. A few Scriptures will help point this out.

In Genesis 15:7, God, speaking directly to Abraham (who, at the time, was still fondly known to his family and friends as ‘Abram’), declared in no uncertain terms, “I am the LORD, Who brought you out of [the land of] Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land [Canaan] to inherit it.” So, God gave land, physical land (the earth and its resources), to a man, someone He’d chosen and whom He considered righteous (Genesis 15:6). Keep in mind, now, that this was more than 400 years before the Hebrew Law was presented to Moses.

But let’s go back even further. In Genesis 2:8, we see that after God had planted the garden in Eden, He put Adam in it. In other words, He gave the land to him, to a man who had a right relationship with Him – at the time. Unfortunately, however (for all of us), that man kinda messed things up (Genesis 3:9-24). But, not to worry; there was a Plan for that, too (see the New Testament – and the Old one too, for that matter!)

Speaking of Jesus, the New Testament also supports this theme. Romans 4:13 verifies that Abraham and his Seed (which we all are who are in Christ [Galatians 3:29]) are heirs of the world. God has still given the land to those who have a right (that’s spelled, righteous) relationship with Him through faith in His Son. Sense a pattern developing here? Look, why should things be any different now? God doesn’t change (Malachi 3:6) – never has, never will.

Why has God delivered us? So that He could follow through with His original plan, which has always been to give to His family. He didn’t make the earth for Himself; He made it for us. That’s what Love (1 John 4:16) does – It gives. It’s so strong and heartfelt, It simply has to. “For God so loved the world, that He gave…” (John 3:16). As a matter of fact, He’s going to spend all of eternity showing us His graciousness (Ephesians 2:7), and grace always refers to gifts and giving.

Listen, the land – this world and its physical resources – are ours for the taking by faith. Remember, the Kingdom of God doesn’t start when we ‘get to the other side.’ The Kingdom is in His sons and daughters right now. We’ve been given the authority and power in His Name (Matthew 28:18-20), so it’s time to start appropriating for His glory!

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2 Comments to “Why Ask Why?”

  1. Amen, Lester! All things belong to us because we are in Christ. But we need to know that it is really so, and appropriate it. As an analogy, a hundred dollar bill in one’s billfold will be of no use if the person forgot that it’s there. What comes to my mind is the event when Jesus and Peter went fishing and found a coin in the fish’s mouth. I interpret this as God providing for our needs so that we can concentrate on the higher aspects of His calling.

    • Exactly right, Dee…how can we ever walk in the things we’ve been given if we don’t even know that we have them? And our Lord has so graciously – and at such a high and precious price – given us all things!

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