Q&A: Is It Okay to Question God?
Written by Jenn Arman | September 28, 2014
Over the years, I’ve heard many Christians say that it’s wrong to question God. I’ve always had trouble with that statement because I’m a naturally curious person who likes to ask questions. I’d find myself apologizing during my prayer time if I started to ask God questions.
As I learned to study the Bible more, I began to read other Christian books that talked about communicating with God and asking God questions about parts of the Bible that seemed unclear. I thought, “Okay, it must be okay to ask God questions about His Word, but not about the situations in which I find myself.” I thought I was just supposed to blindly follow God or wait patiently until He changed my situations. No questions asked. Which is fine until doubt sneaks in.
Then we got the news that my husband has a brain tumor.
Girls, I can tell you, I’ve had a lot of questions for God.
Here’s the main question: Is it okay for us to question God? Let’s look at the Apostle Paul’s answer in Romans.
But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” (Romans 9:20)
It seems like Paul’s saying that it’s not okay for us to question God, but Paul was actually talking about questioning God’s sovereignty.
You see, when it comes to questioning God, the most important thing is to be aware of our heart’s condition.
Throughout the Bible many people asked questions of God. The Psalms are full of questions that King David asked God. Prophets like Habakkuk asked God questions, so why would it be wrong for us to ask God questions? The answer is that it’s not wrong to ask God questions.
While it’s perfectly okay to ask God questions about our situations, the Bible, our relationships, etc., it’s not okay for us to question who God says that He is.
God is sovereign, He’s our creator and He’s always good. That’s who God says He is and it’s not right for His people to question these fundamental parts of God’s being.
For example, we can ask God to show us the purpose for which He created us, but we shouldn’t go to God and question His creation or goodness by accusing Him of “screwing up” when He created us or of having faulty judgment. God doesn’t screw up and His judgment is perfect. We might not understand His reasons, but we also can’t see time or creation from His perspective.
It isn’t our questions that determine whether it’s right or wrong to question God—it’s the attitude of our heart.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Girls, do you check the attitude of your heart before approaching God with questions?
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