Who’s your Daddy?

“The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful,
a puzzle that no one can figure out.
But I, God, search the heart
and examine the mind.
I get to the heart of the human.
I get to the root of things.
I treat them as they really are,
not as they pretend to be.” (Jeremiah 17: 9-10 MSG)

I love how The Message translates this familiar verse. “The heart is like a puzzle that no on can figure out.” I think when our hearts lead us astray that this is where us mere humans tend to get hung up. We so want to understand the why to our motives and our struggles. Why did this happen? Why can’t I fix this? But one thing I’ve discovered is this. Attempting to have the ‘why’ question all figured out is often futile. It doesn’t solve the problem. Sometimes it just leaves us spinning our wheels.

It is actually much more productive for us to focus on the answer to the ‘who’ question. The above verse reminded me of a quote I read several years ago. The author is talking about Job and all the trials he had to endure…“God wants us to be healed, not informed, and that takes time… more than the answer to the ultimate ‘why’ question, God wants us to know the answer to the ultimate ‘who’ question.” Randy Newman, Questioning Evangelism

So, whatever you are going through today remember...instead of getting stuck on the ‘why’ question…focus on the ‘who’ question. Who will see you through and bring victory and healing?

9 thoughts on “Who’s your Daddy?

  1. Jenifer

    Great post Eileen! I shouldn't ask why something is happening, but Who will be by my side while I go through it. Thank you for this reminder.

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  2. Hershey's Moma

    "God wants us to healed, not informed, and that takes time…"
    Thank you and Amen.
    Often times I ask the why because I thought I had it [humbly] figured out. Proving once again, His ways are not our ways…

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  3. Kandi

    Great post Eileen, I had something like this happen to me last week, I was so focused on on the why I found myself on the slippery slope of backsliding. It is not a matter of what or why, but who.

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  4. Kelli

    I love, love this "instead of getting stuck on the 'why' question…focus on the 'who' question." Amen sister!

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  5. Tiffini

    Eileen, I love this. God has spoken John 11:40 to me and this post lines up with that! I have so often gotten stuck in trying to understand…but it is believing…to hard to explain but I love your words!
    xo

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  6. Heidi

    I love this Eileen, I stopped focusing on the "why" a long time ago and instead ask "what"… what is it you want me to learn in this Lord? But, the "who" is a perfect addition to this for me… the "what" means nothing without the "who" 🙂 Great post!!!

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  7. Phather Phil Malmstrom

    What a wonderful perspective Eileen! Asking the "Who" question works every time! 🙂

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  8. Fields of gold

    The Lord is refining me right now so that I have a right view of WHO He is. I think if we "get" who HE is, all the 'why's' come into perspective.

    Great truths you shared! Thanks!

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