In my life there have been many times that I asked myself the simple question, “Why?” I’m sure the majority of those questions came around the ages of 5-8 and in my collegiate years, but this question seeks to find the meaning behind the logical. As a small child we ask this simple question out of curiosity (or annoyance). We want to gain knowledge. We then move into a time in our lives where we simply accept. We accept what our parents tell us as truth. We accept what media sells as “good” or “necessary to life,” such as the newest toy, game system, or clothes. We even rarely question any person that is in an authoritative role. We see the authority and believe that to mean that they are truthful and good. But all of that changes for every person.
There comes a time in our life where we find out that we have been lied to, deceived, and tricked. Maybe we find out that those in authority are not always truthful. We find out that holidays sometimes have a few extra fictional characters we believed to be real without a shadow of doubt. The first discovery of this leaves us scarred for life. We unconsciously begin to doubt. We begin to doubt teachers, parents, leaders, and even friends. This turns into a very conscious action in order to avoid hurt, pain, or embarrassment. Some never leave this state. They doubt not only others around them, but themselves. Doubt so consumes their life that depression, suicidal thoughts, and even violence erupts from their life.
But for a few, a light bulb flickers overhead. The true deceiver emerges. Revelation 12:9 reveals the identity of this deceiver, “that ancient servant, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world…” There is a realization that humans are not the enemy, but the victims of this true deceiver. There is but one way for each and every victim to be saved, and that is through trusting in the one that is Truth. Not one that speaks only truth, not one that lives truthfully, not one that truth surrounds, but the he who is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life. (John 14:6)” He can answer all questions. Even questions so open and seemingly unanswerable as “Why?” He is unmatched by anything else of this world. There is none like him. We latch to him. We let him rule over our lives because we KNOW he will not deceive us.
With this new relationship we can begin to gain knowledge and understanding we never knew possible. Thus our questions of, “Why?” no longer seem to matter as much. They are summed up in the person that is Jesus Christ. Our questions change. They alter. Their focus is not on gaining but on action. Action through love. A love that has been experienced. The question we ask is then, “How?” How does Christ wish to use me? How does my life reflect Jesus to others? How do I balance a life devoted to God and a family? How do I know when to change jobs? How do I know when to be content? How can I be a better Christ follower? How can I reach the most people? How does this happen to me? How can I survive? How does he love me? How is his grace possible? How can I show it to others?
A life of deception changes into a life of truth and a life trying to display the Truth to all those that are still trapped in deception. We stumble from time to time and get caught in deception again but the Truth re-emerges to display his power and love. It is a battle. A battle that ceases only when we cease to exist in this world. It weighs us down. Drains our energy. Leaves visible and invisible scars. But this all does not last. “Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)” We look forward with great anticipation in the promise of better days. Days that will come when the Victor is present and displays his glory to all. It is then we will be deceived no longer. We will be at rest. True rest.
We shall someday stand in the presence of the Creator, the one that knows “Why?,” the one that can explain “How?,” and ask no questions but stand firm in the Truth and say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7)”