All of us wonder every now and then, why did God make me the way I am? We ask questions like, why do I have this? Why don’t I have this? Why did God give me this? Why didn’t God give me that? Why do I have these talents? Why don’t I have those talents? We also ask questions like, Did I do something right in order to be like this? Did I do something wrong? Did someone else do something right? Did someone else do something wrong? In John 9:1-3, we see the disciples ask Jesus a similar question when they encounter a man who was born blind.
The disciples ask Jesus “who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?” Our natural human instinct is to automatically try to put blame on someone or something for being the reason why something has happened. We blame people, we blame things, we blame God, sometimes we even blame ourselves. Jesus told them that they’re asking the wrong question. Rather looking for someone or something to blame, look instead for what God can do. How much would your circumstances or situations change, if instead of looking for blame, you look for God to move on your behalf (See 2 Chronicles 16:9). When you blaming someone or something for what has happened to you, you take the authority away from God to rule your life and hand it over to them. You start limiting God and confine Him to a box. Look at the children of Israel. God showed up on the mountain and wanted to reveal Himself to them. They started to fear, make excuses, and blame. So the first thing God told Moses to build was the ark of the covenant for Him to dwell in. Because of the people’s blame, they confined all-surpassing, all-powerful, all-knowing God to a box.
You are the way you are for God’s glory. Everything about you is for a specific reason: good or bad, strength or weakness. David said that we are fearfully and wonderfully made (See Psalm 139:13-16). Pastor Perry Noble, Senior Pastor of NewSpring Church, always says “You were made on purpose, with a purpose, for a purpose.” I love the song by country singer Jamie O’Neil called “God don’t make mistakes.” God doesn’t make mistakes. God’s workmanship is displayed in you and His work is going to be displayed through your life. So you need to quit complaining about what you have or don’t have, what you can do or can’t do, what happened to you or didn’t happen to you and start thanking God for what He has given you, how He has made you, what talents He has blessed you with, what He is going to do through you and what He has in store for your life (See 1 Corinthians 2:9).
God doesn’t waste any opportunity or anything in your life. Paul instructs us to make the most out of every opportunity we have (See Colossians 4:2-6, Ephesians 5:15-17). Look at the feeding of the five thousand. After everyone was done eating, Jesus told the disciples to gather everything that was left in order that nothing would be wasted.
Start changing the questions you’re asking, change the way you look at certain things, start thanking God, start looking for what God can do in you and through you, and start making the most out of all your opportunities.