Butch Knight: How Does God Respond When We Ask Why?
Dr. Butch Knight
By Lauren Moye
BPC Staff Writer
MOUNT VERNON— Dr. Butch Knight traveled from Albany, Ga., where he is a pastor of First Baptist Church, to speak at Brewton-Parker College’s chapel service on Tuesday, March 12. His message revolved around the book of Job, specifically how God responded to Job starting in chapter 48. Knight said, “In difficult circumstances, we ask questions [of God] and wonder what we did. Sometimes we ask God why we’re in the situation we are. This is okay.”
Knight first discussed Job’s three friends. “The best they ever did for Job was to sit with him,” he said. “They couldn’t handle just comforting Job. Instead, they quickly started to speculate.” He explained the common theology of their time period involved believing bad things happened because of sin in the victim’s life. “In periods of silence [from God],” he proclaimed, “We often think that we know the answer.”
So how does God respond to us when we question why we’re in a difficult situation? According to Knight, God allows us to struggle with our hardships. He also said that God addresses our needs, not our wants. As support of this, he summarized Chapters 1-37 as a lot of questions from Job, then explained that in Chapters 38-40, God never once answered Job’s main question of, “Why did this happen?” “What God did say was sufficient,” he told his chapel audience. Knight’s final point about how God responds to our questionings is that God assures our hearts of His control and His constant care.
BPC’s Voices of Truth provided special music for the chapel service.
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