Today you should read: Job 40
Have you ever wanted to question God? Job did. He was a righteous, God-fearing man – but the trial that God allowed to come into His life drove Him to question the things that He believed the most and held most dear. If you’ve never been there – you may not understand – but for those of us who have – we get it.
- We question God when we feel cheated
…when it feels like something was taken away from us or we were treated unjustly. Job felt like that. He didn’t understand why God would do/allow this to happen. He didn’t have the advantage we have of knowing all the facts. That’s how it is in our trial – God knows all the facts – and if we knew what He knew we’d agree with the action.
- We question God when we feel helpless
Life is all about control – and we don’t like it when we lose control. Most of us are fixers – but sometimes God allows us to get in situations that we just can’t fix. Then we often question Him.
- We question God when we feel overwhelmed with a trial
For each of us it’s different – what is trial for one is an adventure for others. God knows exactly what trial will accomplish the most good in our lives. Trials hurt – but they are designed to push us to the limit and develop our perseverance.
We ask God…
- Why did you allow this?
- When will it end?
- How will I get through it?
Job experienced all of these and finally at His wits ends He asks God why. Even in his questioning, he remembers his position before the Lord (v.4-5). God responds by challenging Job… (v.6-24)
God is always the perfect parent. He loves us more than we could ever imagine and He always works for our good. We can trust Him – and our lives are exceedingly better when we do. Questioning God is OK too – as long as we remember who He is and who we are.
Posted by: Tim Parsons