7.20.2011

Questioning God

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. Habakkuk 3:17-19

An Elder from my church mentioned this scripture during morning prayer. He explained that Habakkuk means "wrestle" (or "embrace"). During this book, Habakkuk questioned God. Please read the book to see exactly what he questioned - My focus right now is that he questioned. He was a prophet, a man of God, a prayerful man, yet he still questioned God.

I think that if we're honest with ourselves, we have all questioned God at some point. Even if we have never verbalized it, we can't hide it from God because He knows our hearts. He created us and we're naturally curious. We want to know why, when and how.

In our prayers, sometimes we ask questions. As believers, we need to be mature enough to accept God's answers - even when they don't line up with what we want or what we understand to be the "right" answer. If you are a believer, then you believe that God is sovereign. That means He knows everything - He is in control. God is your foundation, your Rock. He is faithful and immutable; He always stays the same. 

This brings us back to the scripture above. Although negative things occurred, Habakkuk resolved to still REJOICE in the Lord!

Will we do the same?
Will we rejoice only when we understand what's happening; only when we're having positive experiences; only when God answers our questions the way we think He ought to?
If the answer is yes, that is not being very faithful to a God who is always faithful to us. 
God has SAVED us from eternity in hell through the blood of His son, Jesus Christ. This is our JOY! This is why when everything shatters around us, we don't shatter with it.

It's not bad to ask God why everything shattered. It is imperative to know who He is and what He has done for you so that the satisfaction from any answer He may give you is infinitely less than the satisfaction you receive from Christ alone.