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Ask “What” Instead of “Why”

By Dennis Love

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Most of us know that the Bible teaches and says; “If any of you need wisdom, you should ask God, and it will be given to you.  God is generous and won’t correct you for asking.  But when you ask for something, you must have faith and not doubt.  Anyone who doubts is like an ocean wave tossed around in a storm.”  (James 1:5-6)

Are you going through a rough time right now?  You’re not alone!  People within our church families and people all over this country are feeling the effects of the pandemic.  Covid-19 has taken a toll on our mental, physical, and emotional health.  There are many uncertainties and questions about how to move on with our lives in this ongoing crisis.  Everybody’s struggling!  Here’s the good news in all of this.  The Bible tells us exactly what we should do when we don’t know what to do.  God says in James 1:5 “If any of you need wisdom, you should ask God, and it will be given to you.”   Understand that God isn’t holding back wisdom.  He gives wisdom to anybody who will ask Him for it.

Have you asked God to give you wisdom on how to handle this pandemic?  Have you asked God for wisdom on what to do about your job, your future, your kids, your health, or whatever you’re right now struggling with?  God will give wisdom to anybody who asks for it.

King Solomon, one of the richest and most successful men who ever lived, had everything he needed and everything you could possibly want in life.  But, he still asked God for wisdom.  Solomon knew that riches and power and comfort meant nothing if he couldn’t make wise decisions.  So he asked God for wisdom to know what to do and how to do it.

Did you know that wisdom helps us to learn from any trouble we’re going through?  It helps us to know what to do and how to move forward in a way that pleases God.  God uses every challenge to develop us, not defeat us.  It may seem like our country is spinning out of control as our circumstances keep changing day-by-day.  Your stress, your fear, and your worry may be at an all-time high right now.  But, now more than ever is the time for each of us to ask “WHAT” instead of “WHY.”  Ask God what He wants you to learn from this time of crisis and what He wants you to do.  Ask God what He wants you to learn and what He wants you to do with whatever you’re struggling with.  He has promised to give you His wisdom in generous portions.  Remember, ask God what, not why!   Now that’s something for us all to think about!


Dr. Dennis Love is the Senior Pastor at Glenwood Baptist Church in Marion, NC. He and his wife Vicki have been married for 39 years. They have been in Marion for 5 years. They have two sons and three grandchildren. You can visit the Glenwood Baptist Church Facebook page or The Glenwood Baptist Church Website.

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