Ask Not Why

Have you ever asked yourself, "Why am I having this trying experience?" Well, don't!

Regardless of the challenge confronting us—disease, lack, injustice, pain, business failure, unemployment, troubled human relationships, or just plain weariness—we need to be careful of the Why. When associated with a problem, our asking why often makes something appear real that Christian Science can prove to be only a misconception of the real. Instead of why, we can ask what. What false suggestion or false belief about God or man have we accepted as true?

Job and each of his friends puzzled long and in vain by asking why Job, a good man, was afflicted with sickness, which his friends felt had to be a punishment for sin. There was no satisfactory answer to this why. However, when by a series of questions God awakened Job to the wonder of all of His creation—when Job stopped reasoning why, acknowledged God's power, and prayed for his friends—he was healed.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

Never Out of Touch
February 24, 1973

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.