Weekly Topic Saturday #23: Stop Asking God WHY and Ask God WHAT?
Updated: Jan 27, 2021
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You shall not put the Lord your God to the test, as you tested him at Massah. You shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, and his testimonies and his statutes, which he has commanded you. And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may go well with you, and that you may go in and take possession of the good land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers by thrusting out all your enemies from before you, as the Lord has promised.
There are so many times that we question God by asking him WHY! We ask him and then we don’t have the faith and the trust that he knows what he is doing. We say things like; God why did you allow this to happen? Why didn’t you stop this? Why did you make me wait? Why am I here and not there? Why did you leave me? Why am I having these setbacks? Why should I forgive them, they hurt me? Why haven’t I found my purpose? Why me? Why did you take them away? WHY? WHY? WHY?
We are always asking why but are never asking WHAT? Many people don’t ever stop to consider what God may be trying to reveal, teach, or bestow upon us. Instead, we are upset because our plans are disrupted by the divine purpose that God is trying to instill. The fact is that you can learn something from every situation that you are in. Whether it be big or small. There is something that you can take away, and use to make you a better person.
I know that many people believe in coincidences but I don't, I believe that everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance, eventually, things will begin to click together. Let’s dive deeper, when people change for the worse, it’s so that you can learn to let them go. When things go wrong, it’s so that we can learn to appreciate them when they go well. We have to realize that sometimes things break apart so that better things can come together. God has a plan for us and our lives not just here on earth but in our eternal life as well. His plan is much bigger than us.
Why Ask What
When we take the time to ask God what we are showing God that we are open-minded and are willing to have our perspectives changed so that we can be more like him. It is okay to have emotions, to be angry, to feel how you want. God wants you to share your emotions and frustrations with him. There is a 100 percent guarantee that you aren't nor will you be the last to ask God why. In the Bible Moses, David, Habbakuk, Job, the disciples, and even Jesus asked why amongst others.
Moses, He asked the Lord, "Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me?" Numbers 11:11. Instead, he should have said, Lord, I see that you have sent your people to me, what would you have me do next? What do I need to do to bring them closer to you?
David asked, "Why, Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?" Psalm 10:1. Instead, David should have said, Lord what can I do to become more dependent upon you? What are you trying to teach me from this period in my life?
Habbakuk asked, Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Habbakuk 1:3. In this instance, Habbakuk could have asked God, what are you revealing to me? What would you have me do to make a difference in the nature of your people? Lord if it is within your will, What can I do to change the path of destruction and violence that is before me? What can I do so that I am operating within your will?
Job asked, If I have sinned, what have I done to you, you who see everything we do? Why have you made me your target? Have I become a burden to you? Job 7:20. In this case instead of asking why Job should have said, Lord, I know that my sufferings, pain, and trials are not in vain because you have a greater purpose for me from this. What are you trying to reveal to me? What can I learn from this period of tribulation? Lord, what can I do to become more dependent on you?
The disciples asked, “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” John 9:2. In this instance, the Disciples could have asked God, what are you trying to reveal to this man that only he can see with blind eyes? What can he do within himself to grow his faith, trust, and dependency in you?
Jesus on the cross asked God At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” Matthew 27:46. In this case, he could have said, Lord, I know that this pain that I am experiencing is temporary, and I know that you are always with me according to the promises said in the Word. Let Your Will Be Done. What can I do to become more like you?
We discussed in Hindsight Being 20/20 that God reveals the true purpose behind what he is doing in his own perfect timing. It is not necessarily always for us to know right then and there. There is a definite method to the madness. God loves a process. Think about it, if things were easily given to you, you wouldn't put any effort into taking care of them. When you work hard for something and you struggle to get it, you will cherish it more, you will protect it with your whole being. It's okay to ask questions but you have to know the right questions to ask. Here is a hint, these questions don't start with why.
What God has ordained to happen may not always match what we want and we have to be okay with that because God is God and he will always be. We are reminded of this many times throughout the bible. God answered the questions of Moses, David, Job, Habakkuk, The Disciples, and Jesus by reminding them that He was in control of the entire situation. They were able to recognize that He was working through their pain, discomfort, and struggles.
Questions To Consider:
Do you question God and his plans? Why or Why not?
Why do you think that people question God?
Are you afraid of what God has in store for you?
With Love, remember that God already knows how the end is going to be. He already knows what, who, when, where, why, and how so there is no need in fighting him on it. God has our best interest at heart and he wants to see us do well. Don’t question God by asking him why instead ask him what he needs you to do and have the faith that he will give you all the tools needed to get through.
~Just Breathe...A Golden Dream~