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April 30 – He Just Did

Psalms 102-104

Creation or evolution? Purpose or chance? People have been trying to figure out the “how” of our existence for thousands of years. Even the psalmist considered the subject. But when considering life, the psalmist often throws in a verse or two that points to our Creator.

Like 102:25. He’s talking about his short life compared to God’s eternal one, and says: “Of old You founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands.”

The entire 104th psalm celebrates creation, and the fact that God didn’t stop at creation, but that He continues to care for this world yet today.

There need by no mystery as to how we got here. It’s all here for us in detail in the Words God inspired men to write. Everything we need to know! How did God make something from nothing? I don’t know. He just did. He’s God.

Knowing the God of Creation loves me and longs for fellowship with me makes how He breathed life into mankind insignificant. In fact, I might go as far as to say spending more time searching for answers can be Satan’s way of getting our eyes off God Himself, of keeping us from that fellowship with the Lord. In eternity, those answers will no longer seem important.

Just because I don’t have a scientific mind, doesn’t mean I think that being curious is a sin. It isn’t. I’m glad God has used scientific, questioning minds to improve our life on this planet. But I would ask you who do have that scientific curiosity, why you ask those questions? Is it to prove there is no God? Or to make yourself equal to God? Or to better appreciate the creation?

My longing isn’t for knowledge, or answers derived from someone’s opinion. I can let God be God. And I can enjoy His Presence through the blood of Jesus. I can enjoy the warm sun on my skin, the sounds of birds in the green trees, be refreshed by a spring rain, and have complete faith in the Creator.

I hope you can do the same, even if you are sitting there enjoying the sun God created, and trying to figure out how that bumblebee is able to fly.

Jan 12 – Questions Without Answers

Job 32-34

Elihu asks a question worth considering:

Why do you complain against (God) that He does not give an account of all His doings? (Job 33:13)

The book of Job is filled with reminders that God is God and we are His creation. There is a hierarchy and we’re not on top.

Friend, God does not owe you an explanation.

God didn’t even owe it to us to inspire men to write His Words for us to read, for us to use to get to know Him. And just because God didn’t include every tiny bit of information you might think you need in Scripture, it doesn’t mean He’s done anything wrong. He, in His ultimate knowledge, just doesn’t think you happen to need to know that particular detail this side of heaven.

That’s where faith comes in. God wants us to trust Him. Satan, however, would have us disappointed in or angry at God for not giving us the answers we want.

But let’s focus on what He HAS given us, the answers to other, more important questions. Like how we can be forgiven. Like how we can be sure of our eternity. Like how to live our lives in service to this great God who doesn’t owe us anything…

yet gives us so much.

 

Jan 6 – I Will Trust God

Job 10-13

Job is hurting. He’s at his wit’s end and doesn’t know how to make things better. He doesn’t even know why his life has turned out like it has. He feels alone, ridiculed, misunderstood. He wants to ask God some questions. He even says he’s ready to argue with God. And he can’t figure out why God is treating him like an enemy.

Sound familiar? Have you ever found yourself crying out to a silent God? Do you have the “why” questions that are not being answered? Does it feel like God has turned on you?

Job doesn’t know what we know: that his losses are of Satan, not God. He doesn’t have the privilege of opening God’s Word and reading God’s heart.

But we do.

The answers you are looking for aren’t found within you, or in some self-help book, or in Oprah. The answers are found in the pages of God’s Word.

I like Job’s point of view. He said, even if God kills me, I will trust Him.

There’s the answer you are looking for.

A mother tells her young son not to play in the street. Why? “Because I said so.” A father insists his teenage daughter be home by 11. “Trust me,” he says when she asks why.

Often, when we mature, we realize the answers to our “why” questions. And maturity comes from studying God’s Word, by getting to know God’s heart, and by trusting Him in every circumstance, allowing Him to prove He can be trusted.

Somehow, when our relationship with God is mature, the questions we have just don’t seem all that important. God replaces our uncertainty with Himself.

Then, with Job, we can say that no matter what comes, “I will trust God.”

Dear Father, I like being your child. But sometimes my curiosity, or my hurt finds me asking, “why?”. God, I want to trust you, even if I never have the answers I think I need this side of heaven. May I not let my questions get in my way of a close relationship with You. Because, Dear Lord, nothing is more important than the sweet fellowship I enjoy as your child.

May 4

Psalms 124, 108, 60, 44, 20; 2 Samuel 8:9-14, 23:18-19; 1 Chronicles 18:9-13, 11:20-21

Even David experienced defeat once in a while. He knew what it was to be distressed and feel as though God had forgotten his misery. He boldly questions God – Why do you sleep? Why do you hide your face?

Sometimes I think we put undue pressure on each other by suggesting a sanctified life is like a walk in the park. We may get the idea that having faith means always accepting life with a smile on our faces. We may even have been told that Christians never question God, that doing so is a sin. 

I’ll tell you right now that there have been things that have happened in my life that have caused me to ask some questions. I don’t believe God intends for us to stop thinking and feeling when we accept him as our Savior. 

But I, like David, have learned that even when I don’t understand, God assures me of his love and gives me hope. There is something… Someone… greater than anything this world can hand me. 

So I will continue to question. I’ll continue to ask for victory. I’ll keep on going to God with my heart’s desire. And even though I may not get the answers I think I need this side of heaven, I’ll trust him because he can be trusted and he loves me more than I can even imagine.