Questions… we have all asked our share of them. And, if you’re like me, you have had a few of them for God. Even a brief study of the Bible will reveal that He is ok with questions. This is because it is not the fact that we question God that is the issue, but HOW we question Him. The Bible is full of examples of people who questioned God. God Himself says in Isaiah 1:18 that we can come and “reason” with Him. “Come now, and let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” That word “reason” means, in Hebrew, to be right or correct, to argue, to decide, justify or convict, to judge. The implication is strong here that there are some questions asked and answers given. God and Job had such a conversation in Job chapters 38-42.
If our questions to God are honest, and by that I mean that we are genuinely seeking to understand God and His will, then we are on safe ground. If, however, we question God in a “how could You DO such a thing?” manner, we are in the position I found myself earlier in my life—shaking my fist at Him in accusation. This was because I did not understand the character of God and the depth of His love for me. I did not understand that He has “thoughts of peace, and not of evil” (Jeremiah 29:11) toward me.
Let’s look at some examples in the Bible of how people have questioned God in the past:
Moses: Exodus 3:11—“And Moses said unto God, Who [am] I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?” On the surface this question may seem ok. But if you read the conversation in context it becomes evident that Moses was questioning God’s choice of him as the leader of Israel. Reading this passage on through chapter 4 and verse 11, we see more the tenor of the conversation, culminating in God’s answer, “Who made your mouth?” In other words, “You have questioned enough. Now go,… and I will be with your mouth!” SO, Moses’ questions here were questions of doubt.
Pilate: John 18:38–“…What is truth?” Here we see a very good question followed by a very bad action. Pilate had asked Jesus Himself this question and then turned and walked away. Oh, friends, it is not wise to ask God such a question as this and walk away! Let’s not follow this example.
Paul: Acts 9:6—“And he trembling and astonished said, ‘Lord, what do You want me to do?’ And the Lord [said] to him, ‘Arise, and go into the city, and it will be told you what you must do.’ “ I love this one!! It demonstrates such humility and faith. Paul had been broken, and his question received an immediate and positive response from God. How God’s heart must long for us to ask this question moment by moment: ‘What do you want me to do?’
David: 2 Samuel 5:18—“And David inquired of the LORD, saying, ‘Shall I go up to the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?’ And the LORD said unto David, ‘Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand.’ “ “God is in the details”, one of my friends likes to say. Here we see another example of how God will guide us as we walk through our day. Such questions of faith and submission as we see here in Paul and David are fine examples to us all.
So, what does how we question God have to do with seeking closure for Jesus? A lot! Here are a couple of videos of a study on this topic from Youtube. As you may know Youtube will only allow 15 minute segments, so it is actually a 30 minute study broken into two parts. I pray this will be a blessing to you as you consider the questions you may have asked God.
Until next time…seek closure for Jesus!!
How to question God-part one–
How to question God-part two–