The most compelling question asked is, “Why?” It causes people to examine choices, opinions, and beliefs.
I often wonder how children discovered the power of, “why?” They instinctively leverage their position and wear down adults with their repeated questions. “Why do I have to pick up my toys? Why do I have to eat my dinner? Why do I have to take a nap?
What if adults asked more “why” questions. Could we wear down the negative thoughts and attitudes that antagonize our days?
Let’s look at a few “why” scriptures and consider the possibilities.
“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad?
Psalm 42:5 New Living Translation
When we feel discouraged perhaps we should consider, Why? Sure, it’s human to experience negative emotions, but if we’re not careful, our feelings can lead us away from God’s truth.
Negative emotions, however, can serve a purpose. They can become triggers that remind us to ask “why” questions. Behind attitudes, anxiety, or arguments there’s usually a deeper issue that can be addressed with a question. Examining our hearts can help us choose faith-driven responses instead of fear-driven reactions.
Grow in Faith
“Why did you doubt me?”
Matthew 14:31 NLT
As we walk in obedience, we can face challenges like the Apostle Peter experienced as he walked on water. Jesus reassured him, “I am here,” but Peter became afraid and shouted, “Save me, Lord!” Scripture tells us that Jesus immediately grabbed Peter. There was no hesitation or delay.
When we face life’s storms, our fears will often prompt the same question, “Why did you doubt me?” Storms will come and go, but spiritual tests are opportunities to fix our eyes on Jesus and allow God to help us grow in faith.
Build a Solid Foundation
“… why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?”
Luke 6:46 NLT
This scripture brings up a hard question, but obedience develops a deeper relationship with God, and it begins with a choice.
We don’t have to strive to obey, we just submit. The question becomes a path to spiritual fulfillment because God’s gift of salvation empowers us to live an obedient and abundant life.
When I feel spiritually weary, I remind myself to stop and consider, why? God often answers my questions with another question, “Do you trust me?”
That’s when my heart rests in the one who loves me. My “why” is suddenly turned into a declaration of faith, “Jesus I believe in You.”
If you’re feeling spiritually weary, practice childlike faith and ask, “Why?”
You may find your “why” will lead you back into God’s loving arms.