Ask God Why

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (James 1:5, English Standard Version)

Today is the first Saturday under the new format but really the only thing I changed for today was the name. “The Saturday Sing Along,” is kind of a misnomer. I give you lyrics, and in this case guitar chords but the only place the tune exists is in my head.

I was reading the Bible recently and I encountered the above verse from the letter of James. People often will ask over and over again to themselves or to those around them but the rest of us, most likely don’t have many more answers than the one asking the question. But, most of us NEVER ask God.

That is unfortunate. God will listen to your “Why.” The answer may be hard to hear. The answer may not come. Or, more likely we weren’t listening. People won’t ask God why. They think that somehow, it is wrong.

It isn’t wrong. God can handle our questions. Why would we think the creator of the universe would be unable or even unwilling to answer our questions?

It got me to thinking. This time instead of going to a paper Bible I went and typed into Google, “Scripture about Asking God Why.” The results came back and one of them was titled “Asking God.” It listed 100 verses about asking God questions. Some fit with this. Some did not.

It all caused me to write this week’s song, “Ask God Why.”

G G G C C C C C G G D7 D7 D7 G

VERSE

G                              D7
Everyday we wipe tears as we cry
D7                                         C                         G
With sadness we mourn, as more people die.
G                                                                C
Records set, we pray that we will not break
C                     G                    D7                G                   
Please tell us why, there’s so much at stake.

 G                                                                   D7
When you don’t know, and don’t understand
D7                                       C                   G
With eyes that can’t see, and empty hands
G                                                                C
When your soul wanders, look to the sky
C                  G              D7                  G
Open your heart you can ask God why.

VERSE

G                              D7
Being kind is gone, angry people yell
D7                               C                     G
Threats and fits of rage ring like a bell
G                                                                    C
Caring is  gone, and we see the hateful stares
C                        G     D7               G                   
Where can we find people who care.

G                                                                   D7
When you don’t know, and don’t understand
D7                                       C                   G
With eyes that can’t see, and empty hands
G                                                                C
When your soul wanders, look to the sky
C                  G              D7                  G
Open your heart you can ask God why.

G  D7                            G                     G/F#
Online or TV, there’s much we can fear.
G/F# C                        G                 D7         
We fail to see what brought us cheer.
D7      G               C            G
Faith, hope, and love no longer abide,
G    D7        C            D7                G
Ask Jesus why, let God be your guide.

G                                                                   D7
When you don’t know, and don’t understand
D7                                       C                   G
With eyes that can’t see, and empty hands
G                                                                C
When your soul wanders, look to the sky
C                  G              D7                  G
Open your heart you can ask God why.

.

G                           C                                      A
Walk into God’s arms He’ll hold you on high,
C                  G                 D7                        G
Open your heart, you can ask God why.

Have a great weekend. Be blessed.

Seeking the Genuine,
Keith

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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