Why? The default question when life…

July 13, 2012 — Leave a comment


The WHY question always seems to be the default question when life is not adding up. The WHY question is not an evil question. I think for most of us we are just trying to find a reason for it all. We like things to make sense. I guess in some strange kind of way if God would answer the WHY question we might possible feel better but there’s one thing it can’t do. The one thing the WHY question can’t do is change us. To be changed we have to look for the WHAT question until the WHY question is answered.

The reason many of us ask the WHY question first is because we want and immediate answer. We feel it will somehow make us feel better. However, most often the WHY question just leads to the next WHY question.

Me: “God, why are you doing this?”

God” “For your own good.”

Me: “Why?”

God: “Here we go again.”

The WHY question makes it all about me and my comfort. The WHAT question makes it all about God and how He is using my life to bring Him more glory. The WHAT PATH is the GOD PATH. The WHY PATH Is the ME PATH.

What we really need is the WHAT question. The WHAT question points to God and the WOW moment of Him getting the glory. Then the WHY question becomes the gift we receive instead of the answer we seek. We should never seek the WHY question to our own detriment. We should seek the WHAT question because it causes us to follow God. The WHY question causes us to PAUSE on God. The WHAT question causes us to go forward with God to see the miracle.

I close with this. When God’s people were thirsty and in need of water…they asked WHY? God didn’t answer that question. Instead, a big WHAT moment happened. They received  the water they needed and the story of God’s greatness grew. Now the story wasn’t- God lead us to a river to get water…it was now, God brought us to a ROCK and gave us water. The WHAT moment became the WOW moment and the answer to the WHY question became their gift.

Psalm 105:41 (ESV)

41 He opened the rock, and water gushed out;
it flowed through the desert like a river.

Share with us your insight to the WHY and WHAT. I would love to hear from you.

Steve Wright

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Lead Pastor of Legacy Church and Author of The Descent to Compassion

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