What's Next

What Next?

Life can suck sometimes. Can’t it?

Have you ever noticed that life doesn’t always go the way we think it should.

Or even the way the Bible seems to suggest that God thinks it should?

We see in the scriptures God clearly promises to bless His children with long life, abundant life and health. He tells us we will never have to worry about housing, cloths or food.

And yet we can stick on the news and see natural disasters, millions of people hurting in different ways – homeless, starving, injured or sick.

Or maybe we are experiencing something closer to home.

We all know someone who is sick, disabled or has even died before their time. Perhaps we ourselves are really struggling to survive financially right now.

I myself suffer every day from chronic pain from the tips of my fingers to the tops of my shoulders. I’m literally wincing as I edit this blog post.

So how do we deal with this unfortunately truth, that things don’t seem to go perfectly all the time?

I think one of the biggest things is we have to stop asking “why?”

There is far too much going on for us to get a pat answer to explain everything that goes on in this world.

  • Our bad beliefs.

  • 7 billion other people who believe badly.

  • A world that has been horribly mistreated.

  • The demonic that we consistently empower with our beliefs.

  • etc. etc.

This thing is much more complex than interpreting a scripture and pointing blame – be it at God, ourselves or someone else.

The good news is that the Bible doesn’t tell us to figure out why, nor does it tell us to point blame.

It tells us to have faith.

To believe that He is able to turn all things to good for those who love Him and live accordingly.

In fact even if my “why?” gets a good answer from God it still requires me to ask another question.

“What next?”

I’ve found that just asking God what my next step is, is so much more healthy than having my “blame God/introspection” session.

It’s OK to ask God “why?” but if we don’t get an answer (or even if we do) let’s be sure to move on to the “what next?”

You may, or may not, be the reason you are where you are, but odds are unless you start asking “what next?” you are going to be the reason you stay there.

Talk with God about your situation but – much more than finding out the reason it’s all gone wrong – find out what part God wants you to play with Him in making it right.

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  1. Amen! Great post. I have had my share of suffering that seems to blatantly contradict God’s promises, followed by my shaking of fists and shouting “Why?” up at God. But He gently has been teaching me that answers and understanding are often a substitute for trusting. My understanding is faulty, but He is good! Thanks for the wonderful reminder!

  2. Phil you have no idea what great timing this is. We are struggling financially, more bills then money. We have 3 cars (really old ones), one has been sitting for 2 months because the alternator went out, then a few minutes ago the heater in one of the other cars went out…It’s in the 20’s today, went need propane for our furnace, etc. But I’m choosing to give it to God because we don’t have the money for any of it. We could be a lot worse off, there are people really suffering with health problems, loss of a loved one, job loss, etc. God knows what we need better then we do.

  3. Good post Phil. A verse I like is 1 Peter 5:10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever.

  4. If we do not look forward, then we will go backwards!
    I love the illustration from the days when ‘fighters’ wore armour… plenty of protection at the front with nothing at the back. This was no accident – if you run from your problen (battle) then you expose yourself to attack!
    Going forward positively with a positive “What Next” attitude sure does open up opportunities for God to work in and through you.
    As you said, there is nothing wrong with asking the question ‘Why?’ However, we do need to accept that God’s ways are better than our ways.
    We are all on a journey – what’s next!

  5. Brilliant. When we read the bible, we often miss out how people must have really felt. Let me remind you ……. Joseph was given awesome dreams from God , then as soon as he told his family, …… he found himself thrown into a pit, and his father thought he was dead. We know everything worked for good, but if the story had ended there, he couldn’t have been blamed for thinking. ” God, you blessed me with favour from my father, I was the ‘golden child’……. and after those dreams, NOW LOOK AT ME. I’m dead to my father. I wish I’d never had those dreams……. You haven’t exactly changed my life for the better , have you ,God ? —- BUT we know that this was the first step in leading the children of Israel into the promised land !!!.
    Thanks Phil, that just the reminder I needed to get my thoughts back into line. Bless you.

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