While I understand why people, especially Christians, ask this question, I've discovered that the question is actually rooted in arrogance. Now, before you get mad, offended, or whatever else, hear me out...
Do you ever wonder why it's so easy to question God when things go wrong, but rarely do we question God when things go well? Why is that? Some of us act as if salvation made us immune to negative life experiences. Others think that if they make perfect attendance at church, pray regularly, read their Bible six times a day, etc., that their works entitle them to a pain free life. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but who told you that lie?
Matthew 5:45 says that God causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and unrighteous. Don't believe it? The next time it rains, check to see if it's only raining where there are unsaved people. They experience loss, heartache, and disappointments just like Christians do. However, the difference is that God has given his children a way out! God uses negative circumstances to strengthen and refine his children. He uses them to show the world that there is a benefit to being connected to Him.
Let's look at John 9:1-3..."As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him."
Understand that when you signed up to be used by God (that was written in the fine print when you got saved), you committed to endure both the good and the bad. It's easy to celebrate God, and boast in the Lord when things are going well. But what about when things don't go like you had hoped and planned. Is God not still God? Does He not still have your best interest at heart? Will He not make all things work together for your good?
My challenge to you is this, the next time something goes well, I dare that you would humble yourself and ask "Why me, Lord?" Not only will it open the door for gratitude to enter into your heart, but it will also give you a sense of peace and humility during the tough times. The next time something goes wrong, instead of asking why, worship. God loves you and isn't out to hurt you. He sent His son to die for you so that you could have a relationship with Him and endure all situations. So in light of everything that we will face in this world, that is one instance where we should always find a place in our heart to ask "Why me, Lord?"
God Loves You!
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