Ask What, Not Why

Do you wonder why you are in the situation you face today? Have you wished you were taller, shorter, thinner, heavier, more talented, smarter, etc.? Are you currently striving to change yourself into someone you were not meant to be?

Many of us ask why. We ask why we were made the way we were. We ask why we struggle to learn something new. We ask why we are physically different than we prefer. We ask why we cannot seem to land the job we desire. We ask why we do not have a talent we wish we had.

Have you considered that when you ask these questions you are questioning God? God has made each one of us just as he desired. When we question his creating us, we test his patience, we question his right as the creator to create as he sees fit.

Think about this for just a moment. If you were to paint a picture, how would you feel if someone else asked why you painted flowers rather than a building? Especially if they were implying the flowers were not beautiful! I suspect each of us would reply that it was our right to paint a picture of whatever we wanted.

This same principle applies to God creating each of us. He has created us for a purpose. He has created us to be who he desires us to be. Perhaps we should stop asking why and instead ask what. Ask what God wants us to do. Ask for what purpose has God created us. Ask what God’s plan is for us. Ask God what he has prepared for us to do.

When we desire to fulfill God’s plan for us, just as he created us to do, we find our place in this world. When we follow God’s plan, we discover joy, peace, and love. When we stop trying to be someone else and instead be who God created us to be, we experience God and please him.

I pray we all stop asking why and start asking what. I pray we seek to know what God’s purpose is for us. I pray each one of us follow God’s plan for us rather than trying to be someone else. Stop asking God why. Start asking God what. Know that God created you for a purpose. Seek God’s purpose for you. Please God. Find joy. Find peace. Find love. Experience God.

Romans 9:19-21 One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?” But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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