Questioning God…Is It Wrong?

Do you question God?

Wrestle in the deepest parts of your heart with something you read in his Word? Or something someone has shared with you about God?

Do you wrestle and question God?

Isaiah 55:8-9  – “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

whyI do. I often find myself questioning Him or spending time wrestling with Him in the octagon of prayer. For me I do my best, if that’s what you want to call it, wrestling with God when I’m out hiking or sitting on a mountain ridge overlooking a view into the valley. It’s during those time I find answers. And His answers at times are not always the ones I want to hear. Other times His response is…wait. And so I find myself leaving the mountain only to return to enter into the octagon of prayer again.

I have come to appreciate and be thankful for these time, but there was a time I wrestled with the fact that I was wrestling. I felt it was wrong to question God. The truth is He welcomes it. Why? When we’re questioning God we’re seeking Him which is exactly what He wants from us.

Throughout scripture we read of men and women questioning God. Moses, Ezekiel, David, Peter, and Paul all questioned God. Jacob literally wrestled with God.

So is it ok to question God? Is it ok to step into the octagon with Jesus and wrestle through your thoughts, issues and circumstances? Yes.

The issue is not whether we should question God, but in what manner—and for what reason—we question Him. To question God is not in itself wrong. The prophet Habakkuk had questions for God concerning the timing and agency of the Lord’s plan. Habakkuk, rather than being rebuked for his questions, is patiently answered, and the prophet ends his book with a song of praise to the Lord. Many questions are put to God in the Psalms (Psalms 10, 44, 74, 77). These are the cries of the persecuted who are desperate for God’s intervention and salvation. Although God does not always answer our questions in the way we want, we conclude from these passages that a sincere question from an earnest heart is welcomed by God.

Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it. – John 14:13-14

Remember, life is one long hiking trip filled with questions. God is our guide on the trail of life so who better to ask those tough questions we face.

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2 responses to “Questioning God…Is It Wrong?

  1. The Octagon of prayer! That’s awesome! I was just telling my 10th grade small group that my hope for them is that they struggle with their beliefs. It’ll lead to growth. The octagon of prayer is great imagery, it’s an exercise that makes our faith stronger, and it’s good to struggle in the octagon. This is great, thanks for the reflection!!!

    • You’re welcome. I used the octagon because at times it’s how it feels. Grappling with God, being chased but with no where else to go.

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