God's Redemptive Works

Psalm 77:1-9

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!"

So, is God like a grumpy professor who hates 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.

In today's passage, Asaph was experiencing a time of spiritual pain. He asked God six tough questions in verses 7-9:

(1)     Will the Lord always reject us?

(2)     Will He never again show favor?

(3)     Has He stopped being merciful?

(4)     Has His promise failed?

(5)     Does He no longer remember grace?

(6)     Has His compassion disappeared?

When we consider those 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 already knew the right answer in his heart and mind, his experience was telling him a different story.

He cried 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 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 God.

Asaph sets a great example for us when the pain of life causes us to have hard questions for God. He is big enough to handle our toughest questions. Today, if the problems and pain in your life are causing doubts in your heart, be honest to God about it. Verbalizing your questions to God will 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.

Have a great day and keep moving forward!