There are times in life when questions flood our minds and the only clarity visible is the biggest question of all – Why? The answers that do come seem like they will never completely satisfy the deep agony and heartache that accompanies the current crisis.
I have had some hard conversations with God in my life. I have asked Him questions and waited anxiously for answers that I desperately longed for.
Many times I struggle to understand why in the world things happen the way they do. Here is what God is teaching me as I look back on days of questioning and asking Him to help me understand why:
It is okay to question.
Sometimes obedience can be taught so firmly in Christian circles that questions are deemed rebellious. This leaves Christians in a place of hopeless abandonment longing for someone to help them understand how to move forward. What we need to understand is that questions answered biblically breed wisdom and understanding.
When we look into God’s Word, we see that God clearly instructs us on what to do when we are struggling with unanswered questions. He says things like, come to me, call on me, seek me and find me. Commit to me, trust me, lean on me…all of these require obedience and faith, but not without a promise of God’s wisdom and understanding to follow. If you are having trouble understanding, rather than blindly trusting your human efforts, try asking, seeking and committing to the One who can supernaturally impart wisdom into your heart, mind and soul.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5(ESV)
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7(ESV)
Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. Proverbs 37:5(KJV)
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6(KJV)
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28(ESV)
It’s amazing to me the way God gives peace without completely answering the original question. We may never get the answer to the question “Why?” But I do believe God imparts wisdom, peace and rest to those who ask the hard questions. Do not feel hindered to ask God the questions that keep you awake at night. What or who is holding you back?
God says, Come boldy.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16(KJV)
You are free to go to Him and ask. He freely offers wisdom and reveals miraculous things through His Word and Spirit.
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. Jeremiah 33:3(ESV)
If you have had questions swarming your heart and mind, it is okay to pour them out before the throne of God. You might be amazed at the answers, understanding and wisdom that He offers.
If God has answered you in a tough season, I would love to hear the words of wisdom He has imparted into your life. Share your experience in the comments below.
Join us next week as we talk about the 1 thing you don’t have to do when you are in the midst of a trial. You will be encouraged!
Love & Blessings,
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