Oct. 30, 2017

Question #1

Why? Somehow, in the Christian community, someone started the rumor that asking God, “Why?” is a sign of disrespect. Some teach questioning God is not allowed in a Christian life. If we take that stand, we totally disregard God’s desire to have a loving relationship with us that is based on trust and obedience; not force. Trusting relationships allow the question, “Why?” to be asked

Moses asked the Lord, “Why?” God did not reject him.

In the Book of Psalms, the question “Why?” is posed to God by many of the psalmists. In fact, depending on the translation you read, “Why?” is asked approximately 10 times. I believe God sees, “Why?” as a natural part of a loving relationship. As I raised our sons, they constantly asked, “Why?” As toddlers, they asked, “Why?” about 25 times in a row. That didn’t reflect their distrust of me or disrespect towards me. It reflected their desire to learn, understand, and know my beliefs.

Job asked God, “Why?” repeatedly. I believe God wanted Job to ask the “whys” in an effort to see Job become more dependent on Him.

You know what? Sometimes, there isn’t an answer that satisfies us. I’ve heard people say they are making a list of questions they want to ask God when they enter Heaven. The truth of the matter is we most likely will forget all of our questions when we see Him face to face. I think there are times that God, like a parent, says, “Because I said so,” or “Trust Me. I know what I am doing.”

Jesus Christ asked God, “why,” on the cross when He cried out, “My God! My God! Why have You forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:46

If you are going through a tough time, it is okay and understandable to ask God, “Why?” He is big enough to handle our questions – all our questions. Keep in mind, if you are asking, “Why?” you are in good company. Ask, “Why?” as many times as you need to ask until you are at peace. You will get your answers eventually unless the questions seem less important the more you grow to trust Him.