Don’t Ask “Why?” Ask “What?”
By Pastor Ray Dare
There is nothing that comes into your life without God’s permission. God doesn’t cause evil. God doesn’t cause bad things to happen to you, but He will use them if you allow Him to. The Bible says, “To those who love God and are called according to His plan everything that happens fits into a pattern for good. For God chose us to bear the family likeness of His Son.” Romans 8:28-29. There is a divine pattern to everything that is happening to you, a divine purpose to everything going on in your life, even the problems.
When problems come our way we tend to wonder, Why is this happening to me? Where are my problems coming from? Did I cause them? Did the devil cause them? Did God cause them? Regardless of where your problems are coming from or why you’re having them, God can use them in your life if you’ll let Him. So when problems come your way, the wrong question is, “Why, Lord?” The right question is, “What, Lord?” What, Lord, do you want to teach me? What, Lord, do you want to produce in me through this difficult time?”
“Everything that happens fits into a pattern for good. For God chose us to bear the family likeness of His Son” God uses every problem to produce in you the character of His Son. If God is going to make you like Jesus, then He’s going to allow you to go through some things that Jesus went through.
There were times when Jesus was betrayed. There were times when Jesus suffered. There were times when Jesus was lonely. There were times when Jesus was angry, upset with people, discouraged and confused. God allowed Jesus to go through all these things. Do you think God is going to spare you from these things? What makes any of us think we’ll be exempted from suffering, loneliness, betrayal, discouragement or confusion?
God’s going to allow you to go through similar circumstances that Jesus went through – count on it, because He wants to perfect you. Hebrews 5:8 says, “Jesus learned obedience through suffering.” If Jesus learned obedience through suffering, how do you think you’re going to learn it? Hebrews 2:10 says, “Jesus was made perfect through suffering.” How do you think you’re going to be made perfect? God perfects you, first through His word, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, then the Holy Spirit, Romans 8:11, I Corinthians 3:18, and then if those two don’t work, He uses circumstances. Even if you read the Bible 5 hours a day or follow the Spirit’s leading most of the day, how many hours a day do you have circumstances? 24 hours. So God depends on circumstances the most to perfect you.
You cannot choose what is going to happen to you next week, next month or next year. You don’t have that choice. But you can choose how you’re going to respond, how you’re going to react — whether it’s going to make you or break you, whether it’s going to be a stepping stone to maturity or a stumbling block to failure. What really matters in life the most, is not what happens to you. What happens to you is not the most important thing in your life. What happens in you is what matters most. And that’s your choice.
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