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
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!”
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.
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.
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
a great day and keep moving forward!
Posted on 11/24/2014
by Dr. Stephen Rummage filed under