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Editor’s journey


Questions for God

SPRINGFIELD, MO. — Life doesn’t always turn out the way we think it should. A business deal goes bad. The car breaks down. A relationship turns ugly. A well-paying job is lost. A physical condition produces pain. We lose a loved one.

Certainly life has its share of disappointments. Often it’s during times of difficulty that we ask God questions:

 • Why did this happen?
 • Why me?
 • What did I do to deserve this?
 • God, are You angry with me?
 • What good can possibly come from this?
 • Why do the wicked prosper?
 • Will You punish those who hurt me?
 • How long will I suffer?
 • Am I under a spiritual attack?
 • What can I do to end this ordeal?
 • How should I pray?
 • God, are You still there?

Some believers feel ashamed when they pose these kinds of questions to God. They assume it demonstrates a lack of faith. But God is not offended by our questions. In fact, He welcomes the conversation, because our questions often reflect our level of reliance on Him rather than our unbelief.

Jesus implied a question prior to the Crucifixion: “Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me.” And, on the cross, He asked, “My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

God knows our hearts. He understands how our minds work. And He knows, ultimately, that our trust rests in the promise of Romans 8:28: “In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (NIV).

We shouldn’t feel guilty for asking questions of our loving, merciful God. It’s when we resort to mind games, denial, disobedience and silence that we distance ourselves from Him.

God wants and waits to hear our voices — in the good times and the bad — because He loves us.

— Hal Donaldson

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