Questioning God

We often tell our children that, "Why?" for the sake of understanding is fine.  But it should not become a challenge to our authority and decisions.  I should heed my own advice when approaching God.

Today, I finished a study on the Book of Job.  Many use it to illustrate how God will allow bad things to happen to good people.  The other, no less important lesson, I think is how we respond when we face adversity.  Though Job never wavered in his faith in God's goodness and greatness, his "Whys" crossed the line particularly when he questioned whether there was a purpose for his suffering.  But don't we do the same whenever we ask "Why" with despair, anxiety or even anger?

To have faith in God is not just accepting His existence.  True, saving faith requires us to embrace the goodness of God.  God cannot be wrong and He cannot do wrong.  In our Christian walk, He wants us to question and to grow in our knowledge of Him and His righteousness (Prov 1:2, 7).  But we must approach Him with care and humility -- though we are to strive, we will never reach the goal of understanding.  "Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know."  (Job 42:3)

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