By Andrea Merrell
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28 NIV
We’ve all said it, or at least thought it, at some point in our life: Why me, Lord?Why am I so sick? Why didn’t I get that promotion? My family is dysfunctional. My finances are upside-down. My best friend betrayed me. Why me, Lord? Why, why, why?
As we get older, we realize we are actually doing something we teach our kids not to do—whining. We get so focused on ourselves and what’s going on, or not going on, in our lives that we lose our perspective.
Perhaps what we should be saying when things go haywire is, Lord, what are you trying to teach me through this situation? Chris Tiegreen says:
Our circumstances almost always have the potential to be a platform for a revelation of some aspect of His nature—His compassion, comfort, power, deliverance, protection, provision, or anything else. Our situations—especially the hard ones—are specifically designed to become a stage for His glory.
There are aspects of life we’ll never understand from ground level. That’s okay; God is much more interested in your ability to trust Him than in your ability to understand Him. He loves your intellect, but He’s going after your loyalty first. When you can stop focusing on your predicament and anticipate His provision, things begin to happen. Never let a crisis drive you away from Him; let it draw you closer. He’s waiting to meet you in the middle of it and show something of Himself.
Are you smack dab in the middle of a predicament? Instead of saying why me, Lord? Try saying what’s next, Lord? Show me your glory. He will.