It’s Okay to Ask God “Why?”

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Sometimes God doesn’t answer our prayers the way we want or think we need. Other times the answers are delayed, causing us or others to suffer. It’s okay to ask God “Why?”  and “How long?”  David the Psalmist, a man after God’s own heart, often asked these questions of the Lord. 


It’s also okay to cry. God keeps our tears in a bottle. They are precious to him because we are precious to him.  So go ahead and cry if you are grieved or don’t understand what’s happening. 

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But know that often, God has a huge “YES” hiding behind a “no” or a “not yet.”

So don’t give up, because “hope that is seen is no hope at all . . . but if  we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently (Romans 8: 24-25, NIV)”, and . . .

God is a Master at Plans B through Z. 

Have you had some answers to prayers that were not what you wanted?  

 How did God work it out for your good? 



Jeanette Levellie

Irish redhead and former history teacher Jeanette Levellie is the author of four books and hundreds of articles, stories, and newspaper columns. Among her publishing credits are stories in Guideposts anthologies,, and Country magazine. Jeanette is also a vocalist and speaker, splashing hope and humor on audiences of all sizes and styles. She and her pastor husband Kevin are parents to two adults, grandparents to three children, and servants to four cats. They live in Paris, IL., where the winters are frigid but the people are warm and friendly. Her hobbies include fitness, reading, and finding new ways to avoid housework.

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