Take Your Hard Questions to God
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” James 1:5-6
There are circumstances that happen in our lives that confuse us. We find ourselves wanting—and sometimes demanding—answers to things that just don’t make much sense. When a faithful spouse finds their loved one isn’t being the same, they want to know why. When a mother who is excited about meeting the child they’re carrying loses them too early, she cries out for answers. When a loved one passes away from a illness far too soon, we may turn out faces toward heaven, toward the God of who gives life and takes it away (Job 1:21), and want to know, “Why O Lord?”
The late Elisabeth Elliot said, “Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them to.” Afflictions and heartache causes us to want to know why God has allowed things into our lives. We must remember there is a vast difference between questioning God and asking God questions.
Questioning God questions His character, motives, and will—much like the snake did to Eve in the Garden (Genesis 3). The Christian comes to the Father as a blood-bought child in Christ and asks of Him why He has allows things to happen, wanting desperately to know His will, and learns to trust Him regardless. And even if she never gets an answer in this life, she presses on knowing His ways are so far above hers...and all things work out for good, even if it seems awful right now (Isaiah 55:8-9, Romans 8:28).
Take your questions to God. Everything you need to know is found in His Word. It may hurt, and it may hurt for a while. But every tear that falls from an unanswered question, your Savior will wipe away one day (Revelation 21:4). He has not abandoned you in the silence.
Lord, many times in this life, things come which cause us to be tempted to lose trust in You. Help us to remember what You have said and Your eternal promises. And even if You don’t answer all of our questions, Your Word has everything we need to bring us peace and comfort. Let Your Spirit comfort the hearts of those who have questions. And let the answer be found in Christ. In His name, Amen.
What struggles have you found yourself trying to make sense of? What promises of God can you rest in the midst of it all?
Born and raised in Texas, Emerald Zimny enjoys coffee, books, and spending time with loved ones. Her favorite breed of dog is a Corgi, and she loves listening to smooth jazz while learning a new word a day from the dictionary. Her heroes in the faith are Elisabeth Elliot, R.C. Sproul Sr., and John MacArthur.