Asking Why?

And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?

For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings. His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins. He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

–Proverbs 5:20-23

“Why?” is perhaps the most frustrating and irritating question ever.

Looking back on bad choices that I’ve made, I’ve asked myself, “Why did I do that?” And I hate that question — mostly because I can’t come up with a suitable answer. (A “suitable answer” being one that rationalizes or makes sense of my bad choice.)

After his warning against sexual immorality and being deceived by immoral people, Solomon asks this question too. He asks, “Why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?” ‘Look,’ he says, ‘I’ve told you about the consequences from personal experience. Why would you do this stupid thing? Why would you do this especially knowing that God is watching you? His eyes are in every place; He sees everything you do.’

Some are concerned about government surveillance. We ought to be more concerned about God’s surveillance. Just because He’s invisible doesn’t mean He’s blind. He knows our thoughts and motives.

God-sees-allIsaac Watts wrote:

Within thy circling power I stand;
On every side I find Thy hand;
Awake, asleep, at home, abroad,
I am surrounded still with God.

God sees us when we walk down a foolish path. And, I think, He asks the same question as Solomon asks: ‘Why? Why, child, are you doing this foolish thing that will only lead to your own pain and suffering?’

It is impossible to sin without being arrested by consequences. One wrong deed, and we are bound in the grasp of that deed for some time, and perhaps for the rest of our lives. When we sit in the prison of consequences, our conscience will relentlessly scrawl on the prison walls, ‘Why? Why? Why?’

If we can remember that God is watching us, we might be able to avoid having to ask — and attempting to answer — that uncomfortable question.