You Against the World

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Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer 

Ever feel like it’s you against the world? Occupationally, relationally, or physically? If it’s not one thing, it’s another – right?

Just when we get our sea legs under us, a rogue wave hits, the deck rolls, and our stomachs follow. Why can’t our careers, relationships, and health be set on solid ground?


When I was a journalist, Why was one of the five Ws that dictated my question-asking:

Who – What – Where – When – Why

Sometimes “how” got in on the lineup, working its way in with one of the others. But Why was the last question.

Yet when faced with tragedies in my personal life, or even mere mishaps, the first question I often asked was Why?

“Why, God, did You let this happen?”

“Why did this have to happen now?”

Last week I joined a casual group of believers who shared prayer requests about recent events in their lives. Each person had serious challenges, including one who shared about an ill loved one.

It is all good news because God is in it all,” that person said.

That’s what I call faith. Praising God even in the pain. It’s the kind of sacrifice of faith we can offer only here on earth because in heaven there will be no pain, no illness, no broken hearts or missing answers.

If I can just learn to bypass Why and go straight to the other four Ws for my questions, maybe they would look something like this:

          Who can I help with a similar problem?

          What can I do for that person?

          Where can I contribute time, encouragement, money?

          When can I pray with them or someone else who needs it?

And I could even throw in the How:

          How do I praise you more, Lord?

May we learn to let the Lord give us all the answers we need and to remember that it’s never us against the world.

Because He is with us.


“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:20

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4 thoughts on “You Against the World

  1. Alicia Haney


    1. davalynn

      Thank you, Alicia.

  2. Karen Gee

    I love this advice!
    Great questions to ask ourselves instead of just “why me Lord!”
    We all have gone through things and don’t know why. But I think God teaches us something useful through our trials that we might help others.
    We have to trust Him in every situation.

    1. davalynn

      Thank you, Karen. Sometimes it’s not a matter of learning something new but remembering what we know.


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