Do you find yourself struggling with the Lord? Raise your hand if you do…it’s ok no one is watching! Seriously, this is a real problem for many Believers. Struggling with God Almighty in some way and not knowing how to deal with it let alone resolve it. Sound like you?
I find myself struggling with my Lord at times, and I think it is perfectly normal. “Gasp” how could he say that? Because it is the truth, notice I did not say argue with God or disobey God…I said struggle. Some will say that questioning anything God does is wrong. I do not buy that for a second and here is why.
What is your struggle and how does that struggle shape up? Questions are fine; God has big shoulders…He can take it.
1 John 4:1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world
In the above verse we are told to question the spirits, not all will be from whom they claim to be from. It would be great if I could give verses that state questioning God is ok, but they really do not exist. Then there are the verses that many list that they claim support the idea that one cannot ever question God. The problem here is that these verses are taken out of context!
Let us think about this for a moment. If we are never to question God, why did He give us a brain to think with? I am not suggesting that it is ok to question God about what He does and demand answers, that is not ok and He owes us no answers and is not accountable to us. His ways are above our ways…
On the other hand, there are plenty of questions that are ok. Let me also ask here, “What is your motive in asking God questions?”. Do you ask because you genuinely want to understand something God has said in His Word? Or maybe you ask because you would like to know why God allowed that thing to happen in your life?
We should never challenge God’s authority over us or in our lives because that is His right as the Creator. The Creator made us, and He died for us…that gives Him any and all rights He desires. Actually when you stop and think about it…we really have no rights as God’s children.
If you ask God questions with a sincere heart, He is going to answer them. He may point you to a specific verse or verses in the Word. The Lord may answer your question through a conversation with a friend, or in your Pastor’s sermon.
How do people often learn…by asking questions. If we all accepted the way everything is, we would not learn anything. The very foundation of learning is predicated on asking questions. Science is the perfect example of this, WHY does this happen, Why does that work that way, WHY does A = C.
I ask you…why does anyone think it should be any different with God? Questions are how we learn more about our great God!
There are those who suggest we should accept all that God says on faith, no questions. I beg to differ, that is wrong. Accepting what God says on faith is not wrong, rather refusing to ever ask questions because you have the view that questions as they pertain to God are wrong…that is wrong.
Questioning what we read in the Word of God leads to answers, which leads to increased knowledge about God, which should lead to a stronger faith. When you understand WHY God did that, WHY God said that; this understanding strengthens your faith and therefore helps you to withstand the trials that invariably come to all Believers.
A new Believer is going to ask questions, if you are the one answering them…it may lead to increased awareness on your part concerning the things of God. This why discipling others is important and helps churches continue to grow. A new Believer keeps those of us who have been around a little longer fresh, and we help them leave behind the milk for solid food.
If God really expected us never to question Him in any way, then He would not have left us His Word.
Is not the Word of God an instruction manual for us, filled with many affirmations of His love for us and His desire to save us and grant us an eternal home with Him? Why would God leave a large book filled with answers and affirmations concerning Him for us? Because we are human and ask…