Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
Children are meaning-makers. Just listen to any preschool child chatter away – half of their conversation will be filled with “why.” Why is grass green? Why do I have to eat my dinner? Why do fish swim? They are trying to make sense of their world, and they start by asking, “Why?”
We joke about this being a trait of childhood, but as adults, we do the same thing. We want to make sense of our world – especially when something happens that doesn’t make sense. When illness, or loss, or hardship strikes, we want to know why it happened, and why it happened to us. Did I do something to cause it? Am I being punished? Could this have been prevented? Why did it happen to me, when I was following the “rules,” and not to that other person who wasn’t?
And the kicker – did I not have enough faith for God to come through for me?