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Don't Ask Me Why
Don't wait for answers
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Don't ask me why
I believe that God says to us, "don't ask me why", sometimes. I believe he says that because it is the wrong question.
Asking childlike questions is normal and good. Curiosity, as an adult, is a wonderful thing as well.
You may ask, "why is this happening to me?" Know that you may never know. Just live your life. Faith it. That means trust God.
You also may reach the wrong conclusion, so stop asking and move forward. We have an enemy that wants to discourage us, who is the liar. His job is to immobilize you. He wants you to reach the wrong conclusions about God, yourself, and others. He wants you deceived.
If the enemy can embitter you against God or against your self, he has succeeded. When we judge God, by rejecting his gifts to us, we bring ourselves under a curse. We can stop the blessings in our lives. So much of walking in the kingdom is about personal responsibility. It works if you work it and it does not work if you do not do something. It's that simple. God's sovereign grace and your response (ability).
Whatever God allows in your life, he also gives you grace for. There is grace for salvation and more grace for living the life. When bad things happen to you, you get to discover grace packages that you did not know you had.
Children ask why, but in a childlike way. "Why do cats purr?", or "Why did grandpa die?". Kids ask all the why questions and parents and others get to try to answer them.
People who have a loss in their lives may also ask, "why?" A diagnosis, a sudden death, a natural disaster, or crime committed on them or a loved one. We naturally ask, "why?", when these things happen.
I quoted Billy Joel, at the top, but in the Bible, this topic is covered in the book of Job. Job asked. His friends answered wrongly. Take note, dear reader who has a suffering friend. Don't be like Job's friends who victimized him with their faulty theories.
And God did not answer. Did you get that? We, the readers of the book of Job, know about the Devil's role in Job's suffering. But, Job and his friends and wife, did not know this. We find out that God allows the Devil to hit people. But God is still good and God watched over Job and took care of him.
There is a bogus idea that we have that says that bad things happen to bad people, so if something bad happens, you are being punished and must be bad. There is another angle where they say that bad things happen to good people not because they are bad, but because God is not all powerful.
These are both wrong. People approached Jesus with the why question about some people who died terrible deaths, in Luke 13. He does not answer the question, but says to the questioners that they should repent and get right with God, or they too will die. Jesus says to look at the bigger picture, and get right with God now, so that you are always ready to die.
We need to move away from the "why?" that cannot be answered. When we are not in a childlike place, nor in a state of shock, and we continue to press on, "why?", we can be in a dangerous posture of accusing God, as in, "why did you let this happen?"
If we do this, we are out of line. We are judging God. We are critiquing. The enemy smiles when you do this. The opposite spirit of this is to be like Job, and say, "though he slay me, I will yet trust him."
God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble your self, you who are tempted to accuse God.
God wants a people who are the opposite of embittered, who have faith (Luke 18:8). Faith is, at its core, trusting God. We do things by faith (trusting God). When they don't work out or we fail or are rejected, we rely on faith (trusting God) all the more. Then, we exercise some more faith (trusting God) and try something again. God rewards faith (Heb. 11:6).
I believe that God wants us to try, in faith, and fail, rather than not try. I have heard people I trust tell how they heard the Lord say to them that he wished they had tried things and failed more. God loves failures. He loves it when we try to do something, with a good heart, in faith; but fail.
Being stuck on "why?", is not faith. Some people say, "just get over it", which sounds insensitive. God does not say that. He says, "follow me".
they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives,
Jesus gave two disciples a task. He said to them, “Go into the village
over there. As soon as you enter, you will find a donkey tied up and a
colt with it. Untie them and bring them to me. If anybody says
anything to you, say that the Lord needs it.” He sent them off right
away. Now this happened to fulfill what the prophet said, Say to
Daughter Zion, “Look, your king is coming to you, humble and riding on a
donkey, and on a colt the donkey’s offspring.” The disciples went and
did just as Jesus had ordered them. They brought the donkey and the
colt and laid their clothes on them. Then he sat on them.
what we call Palm Sunday, Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem. But, he
had two disciples get two donkeys: a mother donkey and her colt. Jesus
rode the young male who had never been ridden before. In his
carefulness and perhaps kindness towards these two donkeys, he had th…
As usual, Paul went to the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days reasoned with them from the Scriptures.
There is a difference between teaching and indoctrination. Education is not indoctrination. But some secular and christian education is indoctrination masquerading as education.
If you are a teacher, whether you homeschool your children, teach at the pro level or you teach in your church; it is good to know this difference between indoctrination and true teaching. Many people are indoctrinated today, rather than taught.
What you might notice, is that when you preach, whether you preach to a crowd or a few, it is easy to be an indoctrinator rather than a true teacher. True teachers ask people questions and expect them to challenge and debate them.
Sharing ideas and conceptsTeaching is absorbed and integrated into one's own lifeConcepts or ideas are questioned and debatedMaterial is reflected uponStudents summarize back what's being learnedStudents thin…
The name Elam means secret or hidden. Do you feel like you are on the shelf, not being used by God? Maybe you are part of God's secret agents.
God has people who are in secret.
I have this idea that God has His attention on secret people. I believe that God has rewards for secret people coming. You may feel on the shelf, but you are actually hidden for a special purpose. God has you in reserve.
The number one thousand, two-hundred, and fifty-four; tells us God's plan for his hidden, secret, and in reserve children
One thousand speaks of recompense.
Recompense means that you will be compensated or made amends to, due to harm or loss you suffered. In Genesis 20:16 is the story of Abimelech recompensing Abraham and Sarah.
Two speaks of fellowship, partnership, and co-laboring (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).
There are hidden people who have felt like they are "going it alone", who are about to be joined by someone. …