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    Q&A: Is It Okay to Question God?

    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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    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

    4 COMMENTS

    1. I have a question. I once asked “If God is who He says He is then He’ll show me something to give assurance that He’ll never leave me. Then I would go on facebook and some Christian page would post a verse that said “I’am with you always”

      Is this questioning who God says He is?

      • I definitely see your point of view here! I’ve asked God to give me reassurances of things I believe He’s telling me and afterwards I have come across Facebook posts, pictures, and things of the like that seem to be confirming my questions.
        I know I’d really like Project Inspired to write an article on how God speaks to us and how can we be sure He’s confirming a prayer, rather than just us interpreting something as we’d like it to be.

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