What Could Happen if We Said “Yes God” Instead of “How God?”

How God? How exactly are you going to do it? How can you use me? How are you going to fix this? Mankind has been asking these kinds of questions of God for a long time.

Trouble with the How questions is that it reveals a lack of faith and a need for control.

When we show faith, we trust God at His word—whether it is His written Word or the word He impresses on our heart. When He speaks to us and we respond, “How?”, do we reflect someone who follows Him? Do we demonstrate that He is our Lord who is all Powerful and all Knowing?

When I ask God how, I am really saying that I want some control in the matter. I want God to explain to me how He plans to fulfill His promises. Does He owe me an explanation? Do I deserve to know how He will do what He says He will do?

Want some examples of when we say, “How God”?

  • God says, “I will provide”. Families and church or ministry leaders who say they trust that God will provide often respond by worrying, manipulating or borrowing money beyond their means.
  • God says, “I will lead”. We reply with, “I need to know how you will lead. I need all the details before I can follow”. I see this a lot with mission teams. We find ourselves in a strange place with many unknowns. We feel uncertain because so many things are new to us. Instead of letting God lead, we demand an explanation for how things are going to work.
  • God says, “I will deliver”. How will I know my deliverance is from You?
  • God says, “I will heal”. How? Supernaturally or through doctors? Do you mean spiritual or physical healing?
  • God says, “I will answer”. How will you send Your answer? In Your Word? Through a friend? In a sermon or a song? Will You write it on the sky?
  • God says, “I will comfort”. How can I tell it’s You. Just how will Your comfort feel?
  • God says, “I will redeem”. How can You save me or that person? I (He) am too far gone for redemption.

How, How, HOW!

We might not always use the word “how”, but we worry, manipulate, attempt to control and use many other tactics that ask the question, “How God”?

So… does God need our help?

What if I learned how to say, “Yes God”?

God says, “I will provide, lead, deliver, etc.”, and I will say, “Yes God”. You say you will provide so I will trust you and steward well what you give me.

You say you will lead me, my family, our team, our church. And I will say, “Yes God”. I will trust you and live with anticipation.

God says, “I will answer”. I will trust you by waiting on you. You say you will comfort. I will answer by resting in you.

When I say, “Yes God”, my eyes are on Him instead of on myself or my problem.

And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said,“Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind,[c] he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying,“Truly you are the Son of God.” Matthew 14:28-33 ESV

What could happen in your life if you said, “Yes God”?

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I am a longtime Austinite. Married my beautiful wife over 25 years ago. Adopted our son September 2012. Currently a writer and loving it. Previous jobs and careers include project management, missionary, and pastor. I enjoy sports (both watching and playing), traveling, reading, digging in dirt and hanging with my friends and family.

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4 thoughts on “What Could Happen if We Said “Yes God” Instead of “How God?”

  1. Thank you for writing this. It is exactly where I am in our life right now. Lots and lots of uncertainty right now. Trying not to ask “how” is my current struggle for sure.

  2. Nice column Kenneth. It might be beneficial to ask “why” we ask the “how” question. I think that If we are honest, most of the time the underlying motivation for such a question is fear, which is directly related to anxiety. Fear (anxiety) that the way God has for us might wind up embarrassing us or getting us ostracized. Fear of (you name it), the list goes on and on. We all have fear in our lives, and that is no shame. The shame is in not confronting them and “giving them up to God” (something I picked up at Alanon). Jesus tells us in Matthew 12:22 (and Luke 12:27) that anxiety is really antithetical to a God led (I like to say Spirit led) life.

    Speaking for myself, when I “let go and let God” I never cease to be amazed.