God is NEVER afraid of your questions!
Perspective #46: God is NEVER afraid of your questions!
Is there anything a finite being (you) could ask an infinite being (God) that would stump Him? That would confuse Him or cause Him to say, "Hmmm, well, I never thought of it that way." Probably not, and that is why God LOVES it when you ask questions!
The reason God is never afraid of your questions is that questions show Him that you are trying to understand, trying to learn and trying to grow. As soon as you start asking questions He gets excited because you start doing precisely what He designed you to do, learn and grow, comprehend and understand, discern and decipher Him and all that He's created for you to discover!
The problem He has is when you let the fact that you have questions or doubts discourage you from pursuing a relationship with Him. Allowing those questions and doubts to interfere with you taking the time to invest in and grow your relationship with Him.
God will always know the truth that is in your heart. You cannot deceive Him. He knows all things. You can only fool yourself and others. When you allow questions and doubts to turn into unbelief or refusal to believe you fail to reach the full potential for which God created you. You are not the successful person God wants you to become. Why? Because, when you allow questions or doubts to keep you from investing in your relationship with God, you quit, you give up, which means you have failed. The only difference between success and failure is, “success” NEVER gives up!
Perspective #47: The only difference between success and failure is “success” NEVER gives up!
There is a fine line that separates those who are successful in this world, and those who are failures. This line of separation is perseverance. Successful people never give up.
Perspective #48: There is a fine line that separates those who are successful in this world, and those who are failures. This line of separation is perseverance. Successful people never give up.
This doesn't mean that successful people never fail. Failing is learning. Successful people learn more from failure than they do from success, just ask them. One of the most important things they learn is "to never give up!"
That is what God wants you to do. Never give up on your relationship with Him. Never let questions or doubt interfere with your relationship with Him. Accept the fact that you are a "finite" being and are not capable of "knowing everything," of having all the answers. Once you do this, you can say, "Well, I'm not too sure about that," or "I do not know the answer to that question, but I do know that God loves me and wants a close, personal relationship with me!"
Understand, this isn’t settling. It doesn't mean an answer to your question doesn't exist; it just means you do not have the answer right now or you may not be ready for the answer. Let me give you an example. In Genesis we read:
The Bible says: And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. (Genesis 1:3-5)
A few verses later we read:
The Bible says: And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day. (Genesis 1:14-19)
The question this might raise in your mind is if there are day and evening on the first day, but the sun and moon aren’t created until the fourth day, how can you have a day and evening without the sun and the moon?
What a great question. The difficulty in grasping how this could be will usually come from an incorrect perspective of God, and this Universe He’s created. First off, you do not need the Sun or the Moon to have Day and Evening, all you need is the rotation of the Earth and light. The Earth rotates on its axis once every 24 hours what we call one day. Now, to have day and evening, the only other thing you need besides rotation is light. In 1 John we read:
The Bible says: This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
Now you know the source of the light. Once you understand these subtle nuances, you can easily see how you can have day and evening without the sun and moon because God is the light shining on the Earth. Mystery solved.
You may not agree with this answer, that, of course, is something God has given you the freedom to do. Whether you agree or not, is not the point, that has more to do with your volition rather than truth, questions or doubt. God has purposefully not answered all of our questions. Why? Because as we invest time in getting to know Him, we begin to see how He uses our questions to grow and strengthen our relationship with Him. It’s clever when you think about it. He designed us to be curious, to be inquisitive, to draw us closer to Himself.
Questions are not meant to discourage you; they are meant to encourage you to seek and find an answer. When you have questions, it doesn't mean you give up and quit seeking the answer; it means that you pray and ask God to reveal the answer to you. It could be that you are not ready for the answer just yet. Maybe you need to learn a few more things about God before you can comprehend the one thing you are questioning. Be patient and understand that God is knowable, and God WANTS you to know Him. If He wants you to know Him, then He wants you to have the answers to your questions.
The key thing we need to learn is to ask the right questions. Or, better yet, ask the questions in the right way. Understanding, with God, WHY is rarely the right question. The reason for this is, why is a “defensive” question, it says “God, you best be explaining yourself to me” which is not conducive to the close, personal, loving, intimate relationship God wants! Asking God why just shows our ignorance of who He is. God, being God, does not have to defend Himself to you. He doesn't owe you an answer to a "why" question. For that matter, God doesn’t owe anyone an answer to a “why” question!
Perspective #49: God doesn’t owe anyone an answer to a “why” question!
Put yourself in God's shoes. Would you want to answer billions upon billions of "why" questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week? Most of them over and over again? If this is something you wouldn't do, then why would you expect God too? Instead, He’s empowered His creation with problem-solving skills. True, we don’t always use them correctly, however, if our passion, if our desire is for a relationship with Him as well, then and only then are we capable of cooperating with Him to see the truth, know the truth and embrace His truth!
Besides, He is the Creator of ALL things, and as the Creator, He doesn't owe His creation an answer. I know this doesn’t usually sit well with us and our arrogance, however, that doesn’t mean it is any less true. Does the Potter owe the pot an explanation of why he made the pot the way he did? No, he does not. The Potter is free to make the pot any way he chooses and for whatever purpose he chooses. The pot needs to get over itself and accept how it was made!
God does not feel it necessary always to be defending Himself and His decisions. Therefore the "why" question is often a bad one to ask God. There is a better way. Instead of asking God "why" ask Him "what" and "how." For example, “what does this mean?” or “how can you?”. If we apply this to our earlier question, we get “What does this mean that you start marking time (day and evening) before you create the sun and the moon?” or “How can you have day and evening without the sun and moon?” I always like to add, Lord, help me to understand this magnificent creation of yours better!
When we do this, we change our attitude and our perspective from demanding answers of God, to one of cooperating with God, even though we don’t understand what He is doing or why.
Another thing we need to know and understand is that questions challenge and validate our thinking, allowing us to go through the process of justifying what we believe and why.
Perspective #50: Questions challenge and validate our thinking, allowing us to go through the process of justifying what we believe and why.
We should never be afraid of questions. We should be excited for them as they allow us to leverage and grow our minds to know more about Him. When we know more about Him, we can fall more in love with Him. Because we fall more in love with Him, we want to know more about Him. It's a beautiful cycle of wonder and growth that can only be found in Him!
What do you think? Leave me your thoughts and/or questions below, I would love to hear from you!
Join me next week for Part 2 as we learn more about God together!