Most of us were taught it is not right, to question God.
Whether we admit it or not, we do. Perhaps it is because of some tragedy or bitter disappointment but all of us face those times when we really do not understand why things have happened the way they have.
The loss of someone very close to us is always difficult to come to grips with, and we wrestle with trying to understand what the reason was.
Losing someone very young, such as a child, must be one of the most difficult things anyone could go through.
A family member or friend taken in some tragic accident leaves us grasping for reasoning and purpose. It can be a freak event that should not have happened, or someone’s carelessness that took someone special from us.
Some beautiful and loving person that was taken long before they should have been who had to suffer for some reason often leaves us wretched.
A divorce or and unfaithful act of someone we love can shatter our serenity and make us want to question things . Little children in this world starving causes us to say within ourselves, “Why would God allow these things to happen?”
We are human and no matter how spiritual we think we are or what position we may obtain on this journey called life, we wonder why God allowed this thing, or why he didn’t stop it or prevent it.
Often times, much further down the road, we can look back and see purpose or understand why events went the way they did.
However, most of us feel guilty about our questions and think sometimes we are betraying the trust of our creator and the God we say we serve because we want answers.
There are those tragedies and losses that we never seem to find an answer for. There are those things in life that happen that years later we still cannot see one reason or explanation for what took place.
It made no sense then and it makes no sense now. Why? I just don’t understand why…..
We also get angry with God.
We as Christians would never admit that, but we do.
The strange thing is we don’t dare tell God straight out how angry we are with Him and we likely would never tell one of our friends or brethren in the Church that we are angry with God. What would they think of us?
But what is so funny really is that God knows how we feel anyway, whether we admit it or not.
These preconceived ideas have caused many of us unnecessary pain. We have taught that God is our friend, but what kind of friend is it that you cannot be honest with, cannot tell him what you really feel?
It is possible that for some of us, God is not at all like we were told?
Jesus went through so much and a lot of it was just so we could know that someone understands how we feel and truly cares.
There are two people whom we highly esteem, and they both questioned God. David, the one God liked so much, asked God, “Why? Why are you letting people destroy me when you promised to protect me?”
David was anointed King, but was running for his life. God loved David, because David was real with Him.
We often know little of the things this man wrote, because they don’t fit our mold of what someone should be, who is a favorite of the creator.
We have also been told that we are not to hurry God, but David did. He said, “Hasten to help me! I’m going down here! Hasten to comfort me and hasten to my aid!”
He told God the people were about to kill him; he was going down for the last time and God better hurry up and do something!
It’s our own relationship with God that is important here. I can promise you that if you do your best to live for The LORD and dedicate your heart and life to Him, that He is big enough to take some of your questions.
We will answer that God rebuked Job for asking questions, and in a way, He did say the vessel should not be asking the potter why He made us thus and so….
Job cursed the day he was born. Some of us have done that too. We can go too far with our questions perhaps, and offend God, but that depends on our heart and what our relationship is with The LORD.
God doesn’t like wimps or robots, but he does like people with backbone who are honest and tell Him what they think, rather than hiding behind some theology or pretense that no one can live by.
God likes real people.
David knew how to apologize and make it right when he felt he had said too much to God. We can do the same.
The other person we have not really listened to was Jesus Christ himself.
Even He had questions. What He said in the last moments of His life here is paramount to our well being.
In paraphrase, He said, “My God, My God, WHY have you forsaken me at the time I needed you the most?”
It was an honest question from the most honest person we ever knew.
You see, if Jesus had not been truly human, we would never love Him or trust Him the way we do today.
He said He understood everything we’ve ever gone through. This man turned the entire world upside down and continues to do so, because He was one of us!
There is a freedom in knowing God to the point that you can tell Him anything, share your heart like you can with no other and truly feel he is the best friend you’ve ever had.
He didn’t say He would always answer and He did not promise we would always understand.
What He did say was that one day He will wipe away all of our tears and that there will be no more sadness, sickness or trouble.
There is an old song of the Church that says, “We will understand it better bye and bye.”
The only thing we must do with our questioning, is not to forget to praise Him!
There is something about us praising God even when we don’t understand His ways or His purpose that ignites God and he will move Heaven for us.
Blessed be the Name of The LORD!!
First published: July 6, 2010.
~ Robert Blackburn