Does God want us to ask Him hard questions?
Years ago, I had a professor who notoriously disliked students to ask questions. Students who raised their hands during his lectures were usually either ignored altogether
or met with an icy gaze.
Even worse was when our prof acknowledged a raised hand. One day, he allowed a student to ask a question, and then responded, “That's essentially the same question you
asked two weeks ago. It was a rotten question then, and I'm not going to answer it now!”
Let’s face it, we’re all like that grumpy professor sometimes. All of us have been in a situation when we didn’t want someone to ask us a question either because we didn’t
know the answer, didn’t like the answer, or didn’t want to be interrupted by the question.
So, is God like that? Does He hate to be bothered with our questions?
Thankfully, God's Word shows us that we can come to the Lord with our biggest doubts and hardest questions. If you read Psalm 77, you’ll discover that the psalmist, a man
named Asaph, was experiencing a time of spiritual pain.
Asaph was crying out to God in the night, but found no comfort. He was overwhelmed, with no relief in sight. Worse yet, he was tortured by memories of the past when God's
presence had been so close that Asaph had sung praises to the Lord from his bed at night. Now, the Lord was holding Asaph's eyelids open all night long, and the tough questions swirled in his mind. So, instead of holding the questions inside, he simply asked
In Psalm 77:7-9, Asaph lobbed these toughies at the Lord:
Will the Lord spurn forever, and never again be favorable?
Has his steadfast love forever ceased?
Are his promises at an end for all time?
Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Has he in anger shut up his compassion?
(Psalm 77:7-9, ESV)
Asaph asked those questions not only on behalf of himself, but also for the whole nation of Israel. He sincerely wondered if the Lord would always reject them and would
never again show His favor and mercy. He questioned whether God’s promises were still true and if God remembered how to forgive. From Asaph’s perspective, it seemed like God’s compassion had evaporated.
When we consider Asaph’s questions, we already know the answer to each one:
No. God's grace, mercy, compassion, and forgiveness never go away. But even though Asaph surely knew the right answer in his heart and mind, his experience was telling him a different story.
You have probably also gone through those times when what you knew about God and what you felt were two vastly different things. Asaph sets a great example for us when
the pain of life causes us to have hard questions for God. We can just ask Him! God is big enough to handle our toughest questions.
Have a great day, and keep moving forward!
Suggested Bible Reading
Today as you pray …
If the problems and pain in your life are causing doubts in your heart, be honest to God about it.
What are some of the hardest questions you have for God? Don't be afraid to ask. When you let the questions lie dormant, they create a bog of doubt and mistrust in your
Verbalizing your questions to God will “drain the bog” and bring you back to His goodness, grace, and mercy once more. You'll be reminded that His compassion never ceases
and His promise never fails.