Do you have questions for God? Perhaps, like me, growing up you may have been taught that we were not supposed to question God. He was GOD and He did not make mistakes! I do believe that our elders may have perceived questioning as being disrespectful and doubting God’s authority. On the other hand, questioning can also bring clarity. Clarity is defined as, “clearness of thought: clearness in what somebody is thinking. This is what we desire and are seeking from the Lord – a clear understanding of His vision for our lives.
The Bible gives us instances in which clarity was sought from God by means of a question.
Then went King David in, and sat before the Lord, and he said, Who am I, O Lord God? And what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto? 2 Samuel 7:18
In this scripture, David asked the Lord, “Who am I?” He asked this question after the Prophet Nathan told him all of God’s promises concerning Israel, his reign as King, and his legacy (see 2 Samuel 7:5-17). After hearing all of the great and precious promises of the Lord, David wanted to know, “Who am I?” Why are you doing this for me and my children? What is it that you see in me?
The Easy-to-Read (ETR) version states:
Then King David went in and sat in front of the Lord. David said, “Lord God, why am I so important to you? Why is my family important? Why have you made me so important?
It is also important to note that David did not ask the Prophet Nathan these questions. The scripture specifically states, he went and, “sat before the Lord.” He asked God.
In Psalm 8:4, David asked God another question:
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him?
David wanted to know why man was so important to God. In order to gain a better understanding of what David was asking God, let’s look at Psalm 8:3-4 in the ETR version:
I look at the heavens you made with your hands. I see the moon and the stars you created. And I wonder, “Why are people so important to you? Why do you even think about them? Why do you care so much about humans? Why do you even notice them?”
Perhaps you have never felt comfortable “questioning” God, but who is better to give us clarity than the one that made us. Psalm 100:3 states, “Know ye that the Lord He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.”
The Lord told Jeremiah, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5. In this scripture, He gave Jeremiah a clear understanding of who he was and what his purpose was.
We can ask God our questions and He will answer us. He is not offended by our questions. He will not scold us for asking Him questions. He welcomes our asking and seeking. Jesus said, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8.
Back to my opening question – Do you have questions for God? Ask Him.