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Sometimes I Don’t Know Why I Do What I Do

Ask yourself why or why not, and then listen for the response from your Father who loves you and has great things for you.


Our verse for today comes from Judges 2:2, ” ‘And you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their altars.’ But you have not obeyed My voice.

Why have you done this? “


I have changed my tactics with my children over the years. There was a time when I would address every misdeed, altercation, or act of disobedience by asking the guilty one why they did what they did. And you know what they would say. ” I don’t know. ” And if I tried to press them to give me a real reason, rare were the times when a legitimate explanation would be offered. There was almost always that blank, pitiful look, and a repeat of the phrase, ” I don’t know. ” I did the same thing when I was a kid. You probably did, too. And it’s not because we all went through the same training on how to stonewall parental interrogation. It’s because we really and truly didn’t know. And that truth is what sunk in for me years ago. I had been going about it all wrong when I questioned my child, and neither one of us was getting what we needed. I knew why they committed their random act of meanness or disobeyed the instructions they were given. They did it because they were sinners. I didn’t need to try to get them to explain for me why their first reaction was to talk back to their mom or hurt the feelings of their sibling. What I needed to do was to explain it for them. And so that’s what I began to do. They needed to know that they had a heart condition, and I needed to help them deal with it.


God asked Joshua and His people why they had not followed His instructions, but no response was given. But not because they didn’t know the answer. They knew it all too well. Just like we do. Where we fall short in our pursuit of Christ is in the not asking. We don’t stop and ask ourselves why we are doing what we are doing. We won’t truly assess our motives and let God explain our hearts to us. He doesn’t ask us why time after time, because He’s already asked us through the cross. Each random act we perform and every casual word we say passes by the foot of that cross, and Jesus asks us why. And He does it because He has the answer, the answer that we need.


As we seek Him today, ask yourself why or why not, and then listen for the response from your Father who loves you and has great things for you.

AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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