BY JOHN HUNT
Have you ever had a situation where things went pear shaped and you felt a little depressed by the outcome? What do you do? Look for someone to blame, decide to quit, maybe reach for a bottle? We use questions to interpret the circumstances of our lives everyday. Do we use life giving or life taking questions?
Jesus said, “Ask and you will receive” (John 16:24).
I wonder if we ever get the real depth of that statement. The very thing that brought the human race down was a focus on the wrong question. ‘Satan said to Eve, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?“‘ (Genesis 3:1 NLT)
Focusing on the right question was an issue Jesus confronted when He saw a man blind from birth.
‘His disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?”Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do.”‘ (John 9:1-3 MSG)
Jesus was teaching them about renewing of their minds – from “If something was wrong, someone needs to pay” to “If something was wrong, then it’s an opportunity for growth.” They had to look again at the questions they asked that framed their thinking.
This is something we need to do as well. Instead of asking, “Why it always me?” when things go wrong, we could ask, “How can I use this situation to glorify God?”
The questions we ask determine the answers we find.