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Not “Why” But “How”

When we feel restless, listless, overwhelmed, and do not see God’s will and power manifested in our circumstances, turn to Him in worship and in drawing close.  Have we come to the place of asking the hard question of why – “why did this or that happen?”

What do we do when we believe His word, yet do not see those facts line up in our everyday? Is someone sick, did someone go on ahead through death, is there famine and death and destruction that we do not understand? When we ask the hard questions to God, He answers. He is not offended, ask and let Him answer.

We have lived in a fallen world ever since Adam and Eve chose to partake of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. God made a way for us to no longer be separate from Him through the new covenant of Jesus Christ’s shed blood, who bore our transgressions on the cross as our sacrifice.

Do not ask, “Why God? Why do you let bad things happen to good people?”

Instead ask, “How do we overcome this through Christ?”

We are Christ’s and we are overcomers. When you look at any situation, be sure to give credit where credit is due: the enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy; but Jesus came to earth to give life and give it more abundantly. He is our way, He is our salvation, He is our strength. Through Him we overcome. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. Jesus even said to ask of Him and it will be done.

Our position in Christ is not to swim in the turbulent waters gasping for air, but to walk on the water with Jesus. To say to this mountain, be thou removed and it is cast into the sea. What is our mountain? Let us speak and have it removed in Jesus name. Teach us, Oh Lord, how to walk in Your authority. Teach us to see things as You do. Enlarge our imaginations to take on Your perspective.

In John Bunyan’s book “Pilgrim’s Progress” first published in 1678, Christian encounters a man called Muck-raker at the House of the Interpreter. Muck-raker is bent over looking nowhere but down at the dirt and mire under his feet even though an angle hovers over him holding a celestial crown. The man continually cries, “My life is so-o-o uncheery. Sticks and straws. Dust and much, Yuck!” The angel pleads with him, “Friend! Look up.”  Time and time again, the man continually focuses on the muck beneath him.  This is his reality. “Friend!” declares the angel. “There are flowers on the hillsides all around you. You need only look up and I shall guide you out of this mucky place.” No matter the offer, the man would not come out of his dreary circumstance.

Christian speaks with Interpreter to more fully understand the Muck-raker’s situation. Interpreter explains, “When once our attention is captured by the things of earth, we count crowns and kingdoms as the dreams of deluded weaklings. The only thing real to us is what we can see or touch.” Interpreter then uncovers a great truth, “By beholding we become changed.”  Interpreter reveals, “This man’s muck-rake, lads, is a symbol of his carnal mind. His mind rakes up only what he can see with his eyes and so, he has become like what he beholds.” Interpreter predicts that the Muck-raker’s thoughts will continually grow small and smaller until he can believe nothing but what he can touch.

Let us dare to imagine what God wants to do in the heartbreaking and seemingly insurmountable situations that surround us. Let us look to the author and perfecter of our faith and let us overcome.

When we feel as though our purpose and strength are fading away let us cry out to Him in spirit and truth – with the voice of worship. In honesty and with nothing held back, let the new song come forth from our spirits and out of our mouths – it may be words of understanding, sounds, groans, or words sung in tongues. Let these come forth. In pressing into Him we will feel the heaviness lift and His presence more real, more clear than even a few moments before when we stood bent over in the darkness, despair, and doubt of our circumstance. Oh, this sound of praise is the sound of our hearts crying to the Lord, it is faith in Him that overtakes our own unbelief until we have a clear vision of His might, His power, His closeness, and His ability to change the circumstance into what man did not think was possible.

Many times we do not push into this great place, for we stop at man’s reasoning of what is possible  in a situation, but let not man’s reasoning be the last report – we will believe the report of the Lord. Let what He says in His word be our truth, be our reality, and bring His will on this earth.

Lord, we are your vessels, teach us how to be useful to Thee. Make in us what You desire. When our heads are bowed down seeing nothing but the grimy dirt and ground upon which we sorely tread, lift our faces to the Rock that is higher and let us skip upon the mountains with You as a goat that frolics and plays in these regions with skill and nimbleness. Let us grope along no longer in darkness, despair, and depression. Let us not ask, “Why, Lord, did you let this happen?”  Instead, let us ask in this fallen world, “How do you want us to overcome this situation?

     I Am God and there is no other. I know the end from the beginning. How much I desire to pour through you My vessel, not just for our oneness but to pour out onto those around you, to bring life and light in hopeless situations. I have not left you, I have not forsaken you, I Am here with you.

     Raise your mind to My perspective and not man’s thinking. My thoughts are not your thoughts, My ways and thoughts are much higher. When I work, I amaze and draw all men unto Me. Dwell with Me, spend time with Me, meditate on Me.

     Come to know Me so closely that My inspiration will be a daily happening and not some great act that occurs seldom in your life. Ask Me, “Lord, what would you like to bring forth in this place at this time?” My power are limitless, you cannot drain dry My outpouring. My compassions never fail. My love for you is unending.

  • “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”  John 15:16
  • “Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.”  Acts 14:3
  • “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”  I Peter 5:6-9
  • “And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”  John 9:2-3
  • And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he hath but a short time.”  Revelation 12:10-12