Why? Part 2


Part 1 can be read by clicking HERE!

Recap-  no-questions

We have been taught to “Question Everything!”  Question parents, question teachers, question questions.  Question everything.  Nothing is sacred.  A few generations ago very few people questioned Christianity.  Most people just accepted things on blind faith.  If something happened it was just supposed to happen.  It was even considered by some to be a sin to question God.  Now, it’s a sin not to.  It is our responsibility to question.  It’s our right to question, isn’t it?  Shouldn’t we be able to question God?  When something doesn’t go according to our plans shouldn’t we be able to question God about it?  When something terrible happens isn’t it ok to question God and seek a reason?

Well the answer to that is yes and no.  Not much help is it?  You’re looking for definites and unfortunately I don’t have definite answers to give you.  Allow me to share an explanation of my two at odds answers.

The other day we discussed the why it is ok to ask God why.  Today lets look at when it is not ok to question God.  (authors note- neither of these answers apply to non-Christ Followers.  In all honesty the only prayer that God hears from a non-Christian is the prayer of repentance and acceptance of His free gift of salvation.  Then the previous and following apply)

No-

I believe we have to be careful with the attitude with which we question God.  I’m not sure it is a sin to question God out of anger but it sure is a big flashing caution light.  God is all about the attitude of the heart.  We discussed this a little in part 1.  Remember from part 1 when David was all upset and asking God why and then a chapter later his attitude had changed?  Well, I have experienced that first hand.  God knows we get upset and hurt.  He knows when we are angry at Him, so why try to hide it.  All that does is allow resentment and rebellion to creep into our hearts and sour our love for Him.  I guess what I am trying to say is that you should go TO God and ask Him why, not hold those questions in your heart and let them spread diseases of doubt and bitterness throughout your mind.

The second time when it is wrong to question God is when it is done after He has answered.  Remember our buddy Moses?  When God called him to lead Israel out of slavery all he did was ask why.  “Why are you picking me?  Why do I have to do it?  Why can’t you get someone else?”  Over and over God answers but finally you see a little annoyance creep into God’s replies.  You can read the whole account HERE!  Specifically look at the last few verses,

God got angry with Moses: “Don’t you have a brother, Aaron the Levite? He’s good with words, I know he is. He speaks very well. In fact, at this very moment he’s on his way to meet you. When he sees you he’s going to be glad. You’ll speak to him and tell him what to say. I’ll be right there with you as you speak and with him as he speaks, teaching you step by step. He will speak to the people for you. He’ll act as your mouth, but you’ll decide what comes out of it. Now take this staff in your hand; you’ll use it to do the signs.”  Exodus 4:14-17  (The Message)

Fist line, first sentence- “God got angry with Moses.”  He annoyed God.  Bad idea Moses.  Because of this he looses out on some of the blessings God wanted to give him.  When you ask God a question and He answers you, stop asking the question.  It may not be the answer you wanted, but it’s the only one you’re going to get.

That’s the main two times it is NOT ok to question God.  Anyone have any other times when we need to be careful not to question God?

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