Job The first question most children learn to ask is why. It doesn't take long for kids to notice that things don't just happen. There's a system. The system is called cause and effect. When kids ask why, they are trying to figure out the system.
Sometimes, though, we don't know why. We think that good things should happen to people who do good things, and that bad things should happen to people who do bad things. It often works out that way--but not always. Job was a man who did many good things and had many terrible things happen to him. His life can teach us what God wants us to do when we don't understand what is happening to us.
When the question why becomes important, we can use the letters of that word to remind us of Job's lessons. We need to wait, hope, and yield.
Waiting is hard. Our "instant" age has taught us to expect answers and help fast. Job wanted to know why. When God finally spoke, he didn't offer Job an answer. he showed Job that it is better to know God than to know answers.
That's why hope is important. When we remember that God loves us, that he has good plans for us, and that he is more powerful than any situation we might encounter, we have hope. Hope means we trust God even if we never find out why something happened.
Yielding means wanting to do whatever God wants. It means praying like this: "God, I'm willing to wait and hope, because you are my God." Are there some areas in your life that need this prayer?