Lately I have become aware that some of my weariness is coming from my why-ning. I am finding myself desperate to understand some of the thoughts of God. I can’t fully grasp what He is up to in some situations. I can step away from trusting a bit and justify my actions as “caring”. I care about my family, my friends, my ministry, my church, my community and my country. So, why God?
The Bible is full of evidence that we can ask God questions. There is no doubt that in depth personal conversations are a mix of statements and questions. Therefore, if God longs for a personal relationship with us and wants to communicate with us, then questions should be a part of that. Where I am stuck in thought today is that my questions should be more about “How?” and not “Why?”
Let’s be honest though. The most faithful followers don’t understand why one friend gets healed and the other doesn’t. It is hard to walk in complete trust when one family gets a baby and the other is still waiting. It is difficult to stay strong when your intentions are twisted and received in a completely different manner in which they were communicated. “Why?” can creep up when you pray for peace and there is chaos. There are just so many times our instinct is to say, “But, why?” Right now I am even asking “Why do I ask why when I am just suppose to trust, have faith and obey?”
The better questions are when we pray and ask, “How should I respond to this?” Maybe a good question would be, “How do you want to teach me today or make me better?” In the Psalms, King David prays such a great prayer when he says, “Tell me what to do, O Lord, and make it plain because I am surrounded by waiting enemies.”(Psalm 27:11) I don’t hear much why-ning in that prayer. David is asking for the how in the moment.
God does not want our conversations and prayers so that He will know what to do. He wants us to surrender and He wants our teachable hearts to come to Him. He wants us to learn. He wants us to grow. He wants us to have peace. He wants us to be more like Him. It comes down to every situation or decision becomes a battlefield in our minds. In Ephesians, Paul says, “Don’t be unwise” or Don’t be without your mind.” The very next verse he shares the deciding factor when he reminds us, “But be filled with the Spirit”. (Ephesians 5:17, 18) Our minds are the headquarters for our thoughts so we must yield our thoughts to the Spirit. In order to do that better, we must program our mind with the Word. If we want our thoughts to really be more like His, we have to talk to Him and listen. I know He has questions for us as well.
Give it a try today! Here is what I am doing. All day, when I get to that point where I am why-ning, I am determined to turn my “Why?” into a “How”. So, “HOW about it?” I would love to hear how you turn your “Why?” into a “How?” today!