It's More Helpful to ask "What Now?" Rather Than "Why?"
A friend posted this link to Lysa TerKeurst's Facebook page. She says that she has discovered that it's more helpful to ask God, "What now?" instead of "Why?" when trying to work through challenging circumstances and disappointments - the trials that are common to everyone who is breathing. Here's Lysa's post:
I’ve realized that trying to figure out why God allows certain things to happen is a bit like chasing the wind and trying to turn it into something visible. It’s a chase that will simply wear you out, to very little avail.
So, I’ve just about decided asking “why” is the wrong question. Instead, I ask “what now?” Now that this is my reality, what would You have me do… learn… glean from this now?
"What now?" is just a much better question to ask. If we make the choice to let it lead us from our hurt to positive changes, it will! God will.
Continuing to ask “why” will leave us stuck and frustrated. And really, even if God gave us the answer to our why question, it probably would never satisfy us. We would probably weigh out God’s reasons against our hurt and still be hurt.
Our human perspectives simply can’t process God’s multi-dimensional, eternal reasons.
Isaiah 55:8-9 confirms this, “'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are you ways my ways,' declares the Lord. 'As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.'”
I don’t know who needed to hear this today for their situation. But I know I sure did.