Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
Why me? This is a very common question. Usually it is asked when an unpleasant task has been assigned. Honestly, who wants to go outside and chain down a granite rack or a piece of heavy equipment when it is raining really hard and it seems like it is raining sideways.
As strange as it may seem, we are not alone in asking this question. Many of the “greats” of the Bible also asked this same question, though maybe not necessarily in the same way. Often it was because God asked them to go forth and do something, and they wanted for God to send somebody else.
Moses is a good example of that. In the third chapter of Exodus, God calls Moses to go and confront the Pharaoh, who is reigning over Egypt and the Israelite slaves (note that there is considerable discussion as to whom this particular Pharaoh is and when/where he reigned, seems that there were instances of more than one Pharaoh reigning at the same time in different regions of Egypt). In that same chapter, we read “But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”. In essence, Moses was asking “WHY ME?”. However, God had made his choice and despite Moses making every attempt to get out of it, God forced Moses and the rest is history.
Another really great example is Job. Job went through quite a bit trial, and yet maintained his integrity. However, in several passages, we read where Job curses his birth, he accuses his “friends” of tormenting him. In many respects, he constantly asks “Why me?”. Yet, in the end, God rebukes Job for not fully acknowledging him, Job’s friends for speaking falsely of God, and restores Job and even bring him greater wealth than he had before.
Another interesting “Why me?” comes up in the book of Acts. It is, incidentally, found on the very page posted above. In the ninth chapter, we read of Saul of Tarsus. We already know he is persecuting the church. In the ninth chapter, he is heading towards Damascus. He is confronted head on by Christ Jesus, who tells him to stop his activities and to go to Damascus, where he will be instructed on what to do.
Shortly thereafter, we read of Ananias, who the Lord tells to go to Saul and lay hands upon him, so to restore his sight. Ananias tries to argue with the Lord, explaining what Saul has been doing and how has come with authority to arrest those who call upon the Lord. However, it is explained that Saul will now have to suffer much for Christ Jesus, and Ananias reluctantly goes. Yes, Ananias likely was asking himself “Why me?”.
Interestingly, though the is no evidence that such ever occurred, our Lord Jesus could have asked “Why me?” when he was crucified. However, he did ask “Why have you forsaken me?”. Yet, it was not a complaint of “Why me?”. Our Lord knew full well why he was sent to the cross and how it would ultimately work out. Despite this, he still bore our sins upon himself and carried out the Father’s plan for our salvation.
Yes, we may find ourselves asking “Why me?”, yet when we read our Bible, we find that we are in good company. Oddly, we may actually want to ask “Why not me?”. Often, if we are willing to take on the unpleasant tasks, we may find ourselves rewarded for such tasks. Oddly, we may not see that reward now, but at a point much further in the future, if not in eternity. Still, it bodes well to take on those tasks, and just ask “Why not me?”.
If Job could endure all his hardship, if Moses could confront Pharaoh, if Ananias could confront a man who once persecuted the church, what do you have to lose? Indeed, if Christ Jesus could go to the cross and die for your sins, you have everything to gain.
“Why me?” is just whining. If the Lord calls, why not ask “Why not me?”.