Can you relate to this?
You’re struggling to grow in some area of your life → You don’t like that it’s so difficult → You ask God to eliminate the difficulty → He doesn’t → You feel frustrated
In moments like these, it’s natural to ask God, “Hey, if you’re so powerful, then why don’t you just fix this? If you’re so loving, then why are you still letting me struggle with this?”
What I’ve found is that God tends to be more interested in our inner why than our outer what. It’s not that he doesn’t care about our actions; he just knows that they flow from our hearts.
And so he asks us questions like:
- Why is that area such a struggle for you in the first place?
- What’s driving your negative or unwanted behavior?
- What beliefs, emotions, expectations, habits, or experiences are holding you back from growth?
God wants to walk with us and show us the answers to these things because he loves us and is more concerned about who we’re becoming through our struggles than about providing quick fixes to our struggles.
He also wants us to get to know him better and trust him more as we allow him to work in the deep places of our lives – examining our fears, hopes, insecurities, doubts, disappointments, and sins.
So, what’s one area you’re struggling to grow in? Spend some time asking God why. Invite him to speak to you. Listen. Let him do his work. And then trust that you’ll come out on the other side looking – and more importantly, being – more like Jesus.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24
“First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.” Matthew 23:26