What’s Wrong With Me?
– by Bernadette Chiponda
“Dear brothers and sisters, when trouble comes your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.”– James 1:2
Pastor, what’s wrong with me? Why is God allowing this? Is He angry with me? Why am I battling in this area? I have fasted, prayed, prophesied, and stood on His promises – yet year after year I face the same challenge. It’s now January 2018 and I’m still here. Others have received healing, jobs, financial breakthroughs, marriages, and children; while I wait forever without a testimony. I should have been somewhere by now. What’s wrong with me?” “Well” my response to this question is “Nothing! Nothing is wrong with you, in fact you should be asking, “What’s right with me?”. The things that you are facing do not necessarily mean something’s wrong. In fact, you might be on the right track.
Isn’t it interesting that Jesus was led into the wilderness (a place of difficulty and testing) after He fulfilled all righteousness and the Father declared that His beloved Son brought Him great joy (Matthew 3:17). It’s how Hannah felt when Penninah gave birth to her sons, while she remained childless. Little did she know that she was going to give birth to an extraordinary prophet, according to God’s plan and purpose. Asking what’s right with you changes your mindset. You learn from every experience and co-operate with God, just as Jesus learnt obedience from His hardships (Hebrews 5:8). Consider Naaman, a successful warrior, who, at the pinnacle of his career was diagnosed with leprosy. Was it a calamity or an opportunity? He got to know God and was healed. Your greatest battles can lead you to your sweetest victories. Your prayer and outlook will change as you choose to see things differently, and see your situation through the Lord’s eyes. Rather ask the question, “What’s right with me?”. Don’t quit!
JOY! Magazine (January 2018)