Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though
something strange were happening to you.
(1Peter 4:12)

Have you ever been in the midst of a raging storm in your life and asked THE question?
You know—the “Why?” question. “God, why is this happening to me?” I freely admit that
I have been guilty in times past, but then I discovered something that forever changed my
prayer life. I suddenly realized one day that I was asking the wrong question! The question
to life’s painful trials is not “Why?” but rather “What?” “Lord, what are you teaching me?”
“What are you doing in my life?” “What are you wanting to show me that I need to see?”

                                We live by faith, not by sight.
                                        (2 Corinthians 5:7)

The “What?” kind of prayer leads to results. You see, the “Why?” question is often an
expression of distrust. It says, “I don’t understand you! Therefore since you don’t fit into
the perimeter of my understanding, I don’t trust you.” With few exceptions it’s human
nature to not trust something or someone we don’t understand. But for the believer, we are
called to walk beyond the human realm. We’re called to “live by faith, not by sight.”

You will get more out of a “What?” question than you will from a million “Why?”
questions. Take Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego for example. The Bible says that they
were bound hand and foot and then tossed into a furnace. But later when Nebuchadnezzar
looked into the furnace he saw the three men walking around in the midst of the flames,
free and accompanied by the Son of God. The only thing the fire burned was the very thing
that had them bound!

                     God didn’t promise us answers… He promised us grace.

Are you in a fire right now? Are you in an intense storm? Rather than asking God “Why?”
ask Him, “What?” “What are you trying to do in my life, Lord?” James 1:4 gives the final
outcome of adversity
“…so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Just remember as you face life’s storms, to ask the right question. Only then will peace
prevail in the midst of your storm.

                        There was a soldier, a mighty prayer warrior
                             Who went into battle on his face first
                          He was up against a wall down in Jericho
                               When the Lord appeared and said
                                        My instructions follow
                                         You've got to have...

                              Grace under fire, grace under fire
                                 If you're gonna be of any use
                                    When you're under abuse
                                        You've got to have...
                              Grace under fire, grace under fire
                                 If you're gonna be of any use
                        If you want to see the chains break loose
                                       You've got to have...
                                         Grace under fire*  

*Grace Under Fire by Layton Howerton from his album, Boxing God. ©1998 Sparrow Records
All scripture referances are from the
New International Version of the Bible