Is It OK To Question God?

I've heard it many times from many people - I'll just have to ask God about that when I get to Heaven. We have so many questions about things that happen here on earth, but we often don't receive answers to our questions.

Is it OK to question God? Is it acceptable for a human being to ask questions of the Creator of Heaven and Earth?

Of course it is. We read all sorts of questions in the Bible, when God's people asked Him direct questions about very sensitive, very serious problems.

But did your mother ever tell you to watch your tone of voice? The way we ask questions is just as important as the questions that we're asking.

If someone comes up and ask you what on earth you were thinking, or even if you were thinking, would you be very responsive? Most likely not. Think about this multiplied to infinity when approaching the Lord God Who reigns on high.

We've been guilty of that, though. God, why on earth would you allow that to happen? I don't understand! What were you thinking? Why would you put us through this?

If I was being asked those questions, my flesh would be tempted to respond in kind. Fortunately, our God is longsuffering to usward.

Instead, look at my favorite question in the Bible.

And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD. Gensis 25:21-22

Rebekah was incredibly pregnant and she didn't understand the turmoil going on inside her body. So she did exactly what a victorious Christian woman would do - she took her question straight to God. She didn't go to her girlfriend, her mother or the Bible-times version of Dear Abby. She went straight to the source.

Once she asked her question, God was able to take the time to explain exactly why He was arranging events the way He was.

And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger. Genesis 25:23

When we go directly to God in the beginning, we take a lot of pain, heartache and trouble out of the equation. Rebekah asked a simple question and received a simple response.

And then her ninth month arrived ...

And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. Genesis 25:24

Behold! What a concept - believe that God will do what He says He'll do. Rebekah's relationship with the Lord was so strong that she was able to find comfort in His response and rejoice when everything came to be just as He said.

There are days when our questions flow freely, and those are the days when our heart attitude must be just exactly right. We are not whiny, impatient babies anymore. We are children of the King, a God Who wants to be asked things so He can explain things.

We show the depth of our faith when we can take our questions to God respectfully and honorably. He longs to hear from us, and we should crave a loving, two-way conversation. When we have control over our own hearts and are trusting in our relationship with the Lord, we can approach Him with whatever is on our minds.


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