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Questioning God

When I was young I was told not to question God. Now that I have grown in my knowledge of God, and in my accumulation of years, I have discovered that asking God questions does not take away from our faith. In fact, I would argue that it deepens our faith to have the kind of relationship with God where we can speak to Him in ways that reveal our trust in Him. I would also say that if you have never questioned God about anything, the time will come. I question Him from time to time myself. In Job 38:2, we find these words:

“‘Who is this that questions My wisdom with such ignorant words?’”

Job did not have a lot of knowledge or understanding of the divine will of God. Here we see God’s response to Job’s questions. Throughout this chapter, Job is invited to compare God’s knowledge of things with his own ignorance. At the same time, Job must understand the power and wisdom that he will need to endure. All through this chapter, question after question is asked. In verse 4, the Lord questions Job, saying, “’Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth. Tell me if you know so much?’” Job is not being punished for questioning, but is being prepared for what lies ahead. The songwriter says, “We will understand it better by and by.” Don’t be afraid to question God, for He will make it known what His plans are for our lives. This is just one portion of Job’s life. We know the story ends. Even though Job questioned God, he remained faithful. Prayerfully, when we question God, we will all remain faithful as well.