But Why?

Have you ever been with a kid who asks a lot of questions? The kind of kid who asks a question, is unsatisfied with the answer, and then asks “But Why?”. The conversation could look something like this:

Kid: Why is the sky blue?
Adult: Because God made it that way?
Kid: But why?
Adult: Well, because God likes the color blue.
Kid: But why is the grass green then?
Adult:  God likes the color green too.
Kid: But why?
Adult: Because He is God and He can like whatever He wants.
Kid: But why?
Adult: Just because.
Kid: Because why?
Adult:…

Obviously, that’s not how they all end up going, but more than likely the ‘adult person’ gives up or runs out of answers. This sometimes ends up with an angered or frustrated adult. In an effort to not become frustrated, it takes a lot of patience and an air of gentleness.

1Peter 3:15 says, “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”

So we may not get questioned by children about the source of our joy as Christians, but it can be a question asked of us by those we surround ourselves with. Much like it says in first Peter, we need to be careful how we answer this question.

It’s easy to answer this question when we feel hopeful. “I feel this way because my hope is in Jesus, my joy is in Jesus.” Hope and Joy are not something that we create. They are something that is created in and through us by the work of the Holy Spirit. Much like gentleness. The gentleness which we need to use when we are communicating our hope to others.

It’s not something to throw in their faces or to necessarily brag about, but in a respectful manner, with a gentle approach we can answer them with more than a “just because”. Why? It’s because we know the answer. We know exactly where it comes from.

Our hope comes from the Lord, who made Heaven and Earth.

Until next time,
Sarah

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