Why Not Me?

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Why me? It’s a common question, especially when unspoken. Rarely do we flip perspectives and ask, why NOT me? Perhaps we should. It might make life easier to bear.


Why not me?
When awful things happen to me,
When evil seems to dog my feet,
When I’m beset by loss and grief,
How come I don’t ask “Why not me?”

Bad things don’t happen to good people
Because there is no such thing —
compared to Jesus our redeemer,
our Messiah and our king

There is no need to be discouraged
we’ve no right to whine or complain.
This world is broken, we’ve beset it
with every kind of sin and pain

We all must face the consequences
a fallen world facilitates
Sometimes we simply must endure
until the raging storm abates

Why not me?
I’m only human, humans suffer
And often inexplicably
If I escape, then I am lucky
And if I don’t, then wait and see

how God will take this situation
and turn it into a good thing
I’ll learn to practice patient waiting
while also begging for relief

We might be angry and resentful,
shaking our clenched fists at the sky
We put ourselves through needless torture
when we insist on knowing Why

I’m not immune, I’m no exception
to Satan’s arrows of ill-will
So there’s no point in blame or question
I must hold on to Jesus, still.

Related Bible Verse(s)

Job 5:6-7

For hardship does not spring from the soil, nor does trouble sprout from  the ground. Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.

Job 38:4

Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.

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