“No Need to Question”
When a child doesn’t like something they’ve been told to do, what usually happens? They immediately ask “Why?” Their parents tell them to be home by eleven, but that’s not what they want, so they reply, “Why? Everybody else gets to stay out late! Why can’t I stay out late too?”
“Why?” That’s a question God hears a lot. Our car breaks down on the way to work, and we question, “God, why did you let this take place now?” Suffering comes into our lives, such as we’ve been experiencing throughout the recent COVID-19 pandemic, and we question “God, why is this happening?” Or Jesus directs us to love others, and we question, “Why should I love them if they don’t love me in return?” And the list goes on! “Why? Why? Why?”
Questioning the ways and wisdom of God is what a man named Job did so long ago in the midst of his suffering. This was the reply he got back from God who spoke to him out of a storm, “2 “Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge? 3 Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. 4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. 5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? 6 On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone— 7 while the morning stars sang together and all the angelsshouted for joy? 8 “Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, 9 when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness, 10 when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place, 11 when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt’? (Job 38:2-11)
If you’ve ever seen a summer storm, you can picture what’s going on here. The Lord is upset with Job for questioning him. He tells Job to look at the workings of creation and explain them if he can. The point being: if you can’t even explain how things work in nature, how can you possibly discern whether the ways, will and wisdom of God are good or not?
Like Job, we can’t always understand God’s working or ways either. We can’t begin to comprehend the depth of his wisdom. So how can we act as if we know and understand things better than God, and presume to tell him how things should be done in the world or in our life? We can’t! We are humbled before him as Almighty God!
It’s not God’s might that gets us to stop questioning him though. It’s his love! When I was a kid, I only questioned my parents when I felt they were not acting in my best interests. But when they were, and it was clearly visible to me, I was usually willing to go along with what they said. So, when my dad was teaching me how to use a chain saw for the first time, and he told me how to hold it, I didn’t question him, because I could see he was trying to keep me safe.
It works that same way when it comes to God. When we doubt the Father’s love and care, we tend to question him and refuse to follow the direction he gives us in the Bible. But when we are assured of his love and care, we willingly submit to him and follow his words.
Our heavenly Father knows that about us, so what does he do? He sends his Son Jesus to us. The Father had Jesus suffer the punishment we should endure for all the times we wrongfully questioned God in our life, instead of having that punishment fall upon us. That shows, in the deepest and most profound way possible, that our heavenly Father always acts in our best interest!
Assured of that, what reason is there for us to keep asking, “Why”, when it comes to God’s will and his wisdom in directing the daily circumstances of our lives? There is none! And so, as believers in Christ, we willingly submit ourselves to the Lord, even though we might not always comprehend his ways!
Your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus!
Pastor Paul Krentz