Does God Take Questions?

“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

 

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, when he did acknowledge a raised hand and allow a question,  he 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!”

 

God is not like my grumpy professor.   Asaph, the writer of Psalm 77, was a servant of the Lord who was struggling and overwhelmed with the troubles of the land.  In addition, he was plagued by memories of God’s faithfulness and nearness in the past when life was good and he had freely sung God’s praises.  Now, he sincerely wondered if the Lord would ever show His favor to him and his people again.  He begged answers from God.

 

Of course, we know God’s answer to Asaph’s questions.  The prophet Jeremiah says in the face of affliction, “The Lord’s loving-kindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning.  Great is Thy faithfulness!”  However, our knowledge of that truth is sometimes overwhelmed by our feelings. 

 

It’s okay to ask God hard questions; He can handle it.  Today, even if you question, rest in the knowledge that God is good, and His compassions never fail.  Great is His faithfulness!

 

Have a great day and keep moving forward!