I remember when I was laid off from my corporate job. My reviews were good. I was told, I was doing a good job. Yet, I received a call from my manager stating that my job was eliminated and she told me about the severance package I would receive.
That was shocker and really caused me to scratch my head. I never saw it coming. On the other hand, who ever does see that kind of thing coming. It's not like they announce it before it happens.
I began to ask myself why. I thought back over the course of my time with the company and wondered why it happened. They told me it wasn't because of my performance, but that due to cuts, my job was eliminated.
I then began to ask God why? Why did He take my job from me? Why did He allow this to happen? Wasn't He supposed to be our provider? Wasn't He supposed to be taking care of me? I asked God "why" plenty of times.
Can you identify with that? Have you ever asked God "why" when you've been through a challenge? If you're like me, you have. I'm sure we all have.
But, to ask God "why" something happens to us is a question a victim would ask and it causes to feel even more like a victim. You are not a victim.
God doesn't see you as a victim nor does He see me as one. He sees us as His children, royal heirs. God refuses to speak to the spirit of fear.
The right question to ask God is:
- What does this mean?
- What should I do?
These questions free us for our purpose rather than keep us in bondage to our past.
So, don't ask God "why"? Ask Him "what"?