Are You Asking the Right Question?

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The atmosphere in the auditorium was heavy that day at the seminar I attended with about 200 women from all over the United States.

The speaker had shared with us that when difficult circumstances arise, God will reveal to us the reason He allowed that circumstance in our lives. He then sent us back to our room with an assignment to recall a difficult situation we’d encountered and then ask God to reveal the reason behind it.

He couldn’t possibly have predicted what could arise from such an assignment.

To get the right answer you must start asking the right question.

After a period of time, we returned to the auditorium where we shared our experiences. And then a girl stood up and, crying, said that God hadn’t revealed to her why He allowed a man to rape her.

Hard as he tried to explain to her what the answer could possibly be, he didn’t succeed. And the reason for that is this:

If you want the right answer, you must start asking the right question.

And this is where Job went wrong. Soon God will join in the dialogue and remind Job of his proper place, because he became angry when he didn’t get an answer to his question “why”. Why me? Why didn’t God protect me? Why is God against me? Why must I suffer like this?

And we will never receive an answer to questions such as those, because God doesn’t owe us an answer. He is Almighty God. He owes no man anything!

And this is where the speaker at that conference went wrong. He gave us the impression that God owed us an answer to why we must suffer.

If the right question isn’t “why”, what is the right question?

What. The question is what.

“God, what do you want to teach me from this situation? What do you want to do in me through this situation?”

You see, rather than the question “why” that accuses God, the question “what” opens our heart to God.

Job was righteous….but he wasn’t without sin.

We have to remember this as we read the book of Job. Did he have to go through what he went through because he sinned? No. But it doesn’t mean that he didn’t sin at times in his sorrow.

And I think that it is very, very easy at times to sin when we grieve because we want to know why, when sometimes the only answer to the question “why” is that we live in a sinful world where bad things happen to good people.

But if in these difficult circumstances we open our hearts to God, He can do something wonderful in the end so that through our lives and through the difficult situation He is glorified!

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  1. Hi Rosilind,
    Happy to be back :-)! Sorry it’s been awhile – I feel like I’ve neglected a friend 🙁
    GREAT post! I’d love for you to share it with us over at Coffee & Conversation!!
    Have a terrific week…and thanks again for hosting so faithfully each week!

  2. Rosilind, My heart went out to those attending the conference. As a counselor for many years I’ve heard some terrible stories. I often had to wrestle with them after my clients left. God showed Job Himself, and that quieted Job’s heart. I don’t think we are capable of understanding some things while we are here. But in heaven we will see clearly, and, when we do, we won’t cry “unfair.” We’ll worship our King for His wisdom and goodness. Bless you, my friend.

  3. Thanks Roslind,
    Those really are two great questions for putting things into perspective. I’m finding that I need to shift my perspective this morning. Thank you for providing two of the questions that I should be asking. Wishing you a blessed week!

  4. Excellent post, Rosilind! I think many people ask the “Why” question instead of the “What.” What can I learn from this or what can I do to help others who are going through what I went through. Thanks for sharing and for hosting. Hope you have a wonderful week 🙂

  5. Rosalind, you nailed the right question!! This was a very great reminder and especially so after recently finishing reading through the book of Job. Thanks for this!

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