Questions For God

Posted: October 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Several years ago, Christian author Lee Strobel commissioned a national survey asking people what question they’d ask God if they could only ask one thing. The Number One response was: “Why is there suffering in the world?” We see mass shootings, natural disasters and other tragedies every day on the news. Countless innocent people suffer because of these events. We see the pain and anguish that people go through and ask the question, “Why would God allow this to happen?”   These tragic events are on top of the everyday pain and suffering being experienced in individual lives – including mine and yours. We experience abuse, broken relationships, betrayal, sorrow, injuries, disappointment, heartache, illness and death. And perhaps you’ve been asking the questions, “Why? Why me? Why now?” These questions are nothing new. They have been asked by people for thousands of years. One of the most famous explorations of suffering can be found in the Book of Job.

To summarize, Job, although he was a good man, lost it all. He refused to blame God, maintained his innocence, lamented the fact that there was no venue for him to question God about the undeserved suffering, was scolded by God for presuming to understand God’s workings, and eventually was restored by God. Still, the story of Job leaves us with some unanswered questions.  If we read the whole book of Job, of course, we find that, while God does eventually respond to Job, God never answers Job’s questions.  Isn’t that how it is for us with many of the questions we have for God? God’s simply not going to answer them. That leaves us with two possible conclusions: Either there are no answers or Someone higher than us knows the answers. If the latter is the case, then we must proceed through life on basis of faith in that Someone.
In the end, perhaps that’s what we should expect from our questions for God — not answers, but a dialogue with life and the experience of God’s presence in our daily lives.  Job had a question for God and got no answer. Yet, he remained convinced that God was real, and, eventually, his questions put him in a position to be confronted — and helped — by God. Our questions can do as much for us.

When Job went through his trials, he questioned, he felt victimized. One thing he never did is reject God. Job kept his focus on the one thing that can never be taken away – his relationship with God. We must do the same. Remember these words from Romans, “I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” When we go through times of suffering, our question should not be Job’s question “God, why are You doing this to me?” but rather “God, see what is happening to me. Can You help me?” We will turn to God, not to be judged or forgiven, not to be rewarded or punished, but to be strengthened and comforted. Amen.

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