Asking the Right Questions

I believe the main reason we don’t get the answers we’re looking for today is that we are asking the wrong questions.

WHY?

Why is there suffering in the world? Why did this happen to me, and why today? Why was I abused? Why did my parent, family member, boss, best friend treat me this way? We sometimes even spiritualize trivial things like why we get a flat tire.

One time the disciples asked why a man was born blind and had a few ideas as to why. But Jesus told them they had it all wrong. If there was any reason for it, it was for good, that God would heal him and get glory!


The most often asked questions may be why but the better questions are how, where and who.

HOW?

When Mary was told she would give birth to God’s Son she asked how it could happen and she received an immediate answer. Some people think Mary’s question was from doubt. But I prefer to read it as an excited, hopeful, “Please, please tell me how this is going to happen!”

One man asked Jesus how to be saved. Jesus immediately answered. Nicodemus, too, received an immediate answer. What is more important than why we have problems is how God can help us out of them!

 

WHERE?

Instead of running or reacting in fear and doubt, look for where God is, go there and stay.

Just like us, David wanted to know where God was during his time of trouble and suffering. Emmanuel, which is one of the names the Bible calls Jesus, tells us the answer. Emmanuel means “God with us.”

So where is God? God was making plans before Noah even knew a flood was coming. God had a battle strategy before Jehoshaphat knew an army was approaching. God was already gathering an angelic army before the Aramean army showed up to capture Elisha. God is already right here with me in my problems and right there with you in yours.

 

WHO?

This is undoubtedly the most important question to be asked, and answered. Who is it that you trust? Who do you believe in? Whatever the questions and answers are, Who is it that knows them? When you answer that question then why doesn’t matter much anymore!

I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day. 2 Timothy 2:12

 

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