This is what I heard the Lord ask me. I quickly realized what great wisdom Ezekiel had to answer the way he did.
And He said to me, “ Son of man, can these bones live?” so I answered, “O Lord God, You know.” Ezekiel 37:3
When the Lord asks me questions, I never assume that I know the answer.
God already knows the answer to the question that He’s asking me. And in wisdom, I know that this question is loaded with revelation if I submit to God and say, “Okay God you know the answer to this so help me see and understand what You want to show me today.”
His question is an open door into relationship and intimacy with the Father. As I enter into a process of discovery and conversation, I see His answer. He brings me into an awareness of something He wants to see worked out within me. God’s ready to talk. I set my agenda aside and give Him undivided attention. Revelation then flows.
“Stop asking WHY, My daughter. There are better questions to ask.”
My ‘why’ questions always seem to be fear based, narrowing my spiritual vision and cultivating unbelief. They move me into the realm of doubt and mistrust of Father God.
In His presence, I soon see that most of my questions to God have come out of times of fear, feeling insignificant or forgotten. They proceeded from the same lie the enemy used in the garden of Eden “Has God indeed said?”
Why is this happening?
Why are You letting this happen?
Why is my life going this way?
Why have Your forgotten me?
Asking ‘why’ is a loaded question. And, God is not obligated to answer my ‘why’ questions.
Over these past years, I asked ‘why’ so many times, I was bored with hearing myself. His answer to these questions? Silence. I came to understand that silence speaks louder than words at times. Especially God’s silence.
He answered at some point with another questions and it was not what I wanted to hear.
“I’m not answering your ‘whys’. Why don’t you try another question?”
To always question ‘why’ paralyzed me with fear often leading to regret, shame or guilt.
It’s only been recently that I decided to change my questions to God in another form.
This simple turning increased faith in me to believe in some foundational truth that the enemy was trying to erode through my ‘why’ questions. My foundation restored in faith helps me to see:
- He desires that I trust His ways, which are greater and more mysterious than mine.
- To trust that my life is being worked out for His eternal purpose to bring Him glory.
- That He is my Father who loves and works it all for good.
- And…that life does not go the way I planned.
Asking questions that are filled with faith in His goodness gives God the opportunity to speak within unlimited possibilities that open my eyes to see and to believe.
Rather than ‘why’ all the time, I stand on a firm foundation of His promises (no matter how long they seem to be delayed in coming). I ask from a faith filled perspective of trust. It’s as simple as that……..I made it complicated by always looking for the ‘why’ answer.
I take His promises and believe no matter what I see.
This assumes that you know your promises. If you don’t, some alone time with God is necessary. Get your journal, a pen or a computer and sit and pray and worship, trusting your Father to speak to YOU.
Consider that today is the day to change your questions to God.
His promises unfold with the right questions. Try some new ones.
How do you want me to walk out this vision step by step every day?
What are the daily acts of obedience that You want me to do so that I walk towards its fulfillment?
Where do you want me to go or to travel to receive impartation, inspiration, and creative ideas?
Who are you bringing to walk alongside me?
What type of creative people?
Can I see them through your eyes?
These are just a few open-ended questions that I now ask God but they are all grounded in a foundation of His faithfulness. He answers these questions because I choose to walk into a realm of faith where I now see differently.
Seeing the Invisible
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
My Christian life is a journey, an adventure and is filled with open-ended questions that I am still learning to ask.