by April Newbell
When I was a child, I was constantly asking my parents questions. I am sure this was probably annoying, especially if they were busy. My daddy would often ask me (because I was asking so many questions) if I was studying to be a lawyer. I suppose I just had an inquisitive mind and wanted to know the why’s and how’s of everything.
After recently losing my husband to a tragic motor vehicle accident, my heart and mind are again filled with so many questions. Why did this have to happen? How do I go on without him? What do I do now?
I have often heard it said that we should never question God. When times are tough and senseless things happen, we should just have faith and never ask God the reason.
I do not believe this is true. He is a big God and He can handle our questions. He is like an earthly father who wants us to come to Him with everything: not just victories but our questions, fears, and hurts as well.
Remember Job, who lost so much: his children, his property, and his health. To make matters worse, his wife and his friends were not much help to him, either. He was so filled with grief and suffering, like any of us would, he questioned God.
I will say to God, “Don’t declare me guilty; tell me what you are accusing me of doing. Does it seem good to you that you oppress me, that you reject the work of your hands and cause the purpose of sinners to shine? Do you have physical eyes; do you see like a human? Are your days like those of a human, your years like years of a human, that you search for my wrongdoing and seek my sin? You know that I’m not guilty, yet no one delivers me from your power.” Job 10:2-7 CEB
God answers Job, “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?” Job 38:4-5 CEB
God shows Job (and us) that His ways and thoughts are higher than Job’s. He alone is God, and we as His creation have limited understanding. God knows our beginnings and our endings and everything in between.
We may never have all the answers, but we can trust the One that does. We can trust God to hold us close to him and strengthen us. He sees. He knows. He cares.
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About the author: April Newbell is a retired office manager for a family medicine office and an aspiring writer. She has previously published two devotionals on christiandeovtions.us. She enjoys writing devotions to which everyone can relate and apply to their lives. April and her husband, along with their dog, live in Huntsville, Alabama.
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