In churches across the country people are discouraged from questioning God. Some churches are venomous about even thinking about questioning God. Some churches give you a look, a look of disapproval when you ask a reasonable question. Why is it somehow unrighteous to question God?
Is He not strong enough to defend His position?
Are we scared that our doubts will be revealed?
Are you afraid that we will realize we were wrong about God?
Seriously why is it wrong to question? As people approach God there are so many questions, so many doubts, so many reservations. Do I have to dress like THAT? Do I have to suspend my intellect to accept this God thing? Do I have to go to church? What are the sacrifices to my current lifestyle that I’ll have to make?
I’ve looked at a lot of people in the Bible and several of them questioned God. David did it all the time. You know David, the guy after God’s own heart.
Things happen in all of our lives and we wonder where is God. Personal and public tragedies wreck homes, lives and families and it seems that our mighty God is vacant. He set the world to spinning and then walked away, satisfied that His work was done. The work of creation was the pinnacle of His involvement in our world, now it’s on autopilot.
Then there’s the issue of His powers. If He knows everything then why does He allow this __________ to happen? If He is all powerful then why doesn’t He stop this event from happening?
Let me give you one statement I’ve learned that transformed the craziness of life. When you see tragedy, keep looking for the God moment.
In the 9-11 bombings on the World Trade Center there were men and women who sacrificed themselves to help others, policemen, firefighters and average people. Take a look at the Discovery Channel’s Heroes from the 88th floor and learn about the incredible heroes, Frank DeMartini and Pablo Ortiz. Instead of evacuating the building they went up the stairs into the chaos, rescuing people, saving lives, moving debris. 77 people owe everything to them.
In the Columbine school shooting in 1999, which were horrific and terrible, there were teachers, students and janitors who sacrificed to save people. People with ordinary names like Dave, Jon, Jay, Adam and Kent and ordinary jobs like teachers and janitors became extraordinary. Look at this article in the Denver Post for more details.
In my own personal tragedies like the death of my awesome father, there were people who tried to revive him, helped us, showed love. After his death I learned what real pain was and it made me appreciate life and love and family.
If you only look at the bad event you think the world is evil and dark. If you keep watching you’ll see the miracle that goes against human nature, self preservation and selfish tendencies. You will see the God moment.
God is still here, still present, still committing wonderful acts of love.