When You Want to Ask Why

We are a people who like to ask, “Why?”

Why has this happened?

Why hasn’t that happened?

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve asked, “Why?”

I’m beginning to think it’s the wrong question entirely. Ultimately, the why is always “for the glory of God.”

Why was Pharaoh in power? So that God’s name would be exalted (Exodus 9:16.)

Why was the man born blind? So that God’s power would be known (John 9:3.)

Why do we do anything that we do? Isn’t it all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31?)

“Why” isn’t the question. God’s purpose is always God’s glory.

The question, then, becomes, “How?” How do I bring you glory in this, Lord? How do I make much of you? How do I honor you in this situation, relationship, or affliction?

“Why” usually is self-focused.

“How” turns our attention and intentions outward and upward.

Let’s try it. The next time we are tempted to ask “why,” let’s flip the script and ask, “how.”

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