Have you ever asked God “why”? It’s imaginable that we’ve all had that question on our mind at one point or another. Some seasoned folks of the faith would say, we are never suppose to ask God why because that’s questioning His authority. These seasoned saints would have us thinking that we were going straight to Hell for asking God “why”. While those who echoed that sentiment perhaps simply want to preserve respect and honor for God’s authority, us seeking the Lord for understanding can lead to a powerful revelation and much growth in the Lord.
Let’s look at Gideon. He was visited by the angel of the Lord and it led to his “why”:
“Then Gideon said, “Pardon me, sir, but if the Lord is with us, why are we having so many troubles? We heard that he did wonderful things for our ancestors. They tell us that the Lord took them out of Egypt. But now it seems the Lord has left us and is letting the Midianites defeat us.” (Judges 6:13, Easy to Read Version)
We’ve all been there. We have experienced hardship and difficulties and wondering what in the world is going on. Let’s go to the response to Gideon’s question:
“The Lord turned toward Gideon and said, “Then use your great power and go save the Israelites from the Midianites. I am sending you to save them.” (Judges 6:14 Easy to Read Version)
Gideon’s question wasn’t answered BUT his “why” led to his “why”! God doesn’t always answer our questions in the way we want Him to do so. However, do not be mistaken, He always answer with the response we need!
Don’t miss what God does here, He reveals Gideon’s purpose! If you give God space to respond in His way, He can reveal your “why”! Gideon’s was Israel’s “mighty warrior” (Judeges 6:12, New International Version)!
As we seek God for ourselves, we are able to understand our purpose and mission. Perhaps that horrible thing happened and in the midst of it, YOU will be the “mighty warrior” needed to overcome the trial. The hardships and difficulties of life has a way of ushering us into our purpose. That moment for Gideon changed his life, all because he asked why.
Go on ahead and ask God “why”! Why all the crime and destruction? Why all the racism and discrimination? Why did your family experience this horrible event? Do not be surprised if He raises you up to be the bridge of reconciliation, to be the peacemaker, to be the game changer, to be the intercessor needed in order to see a change.
May the “why” you ask God, reveals His “why” for you…
Peace and Blessings