Is it wrong to question God? Should mankind, limited in knowledge and understanding, object to an all- knowing God? The key to this question lies within our attitude. We must always be mindful of our position. We are the children and creation of Father God.
“Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few.” Ecclesiastes 5:2 (NKJV)
“Woe to him who strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth! Shall the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ Or shall your handiwork say, ‘He has no hands’? Woe to him who says to his father, ‘What are you begetting?’ Or to the woman, ‘What have you brought forth?’” Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: ‘Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons; and concerning the work of My hands, you command Me.’” Isaiah 45:9-11 (NKJV)
Many people question God with a rebellious and untrusting heart. They are not truly trying to get an answer from God. Instead, these wounded and/or bitter Christians go before the throne of God and attack His character because He allowed something to happen. The word, strive, in Isaiah 45:9 means to contend, quarrel, make a complaint. Our Lord is loving and compassionate but circumstances (and the devil) have confused their thought process and challenged their faith. It’s one thing to ask God why and another thing to doubt His goodness and His existence. In confusing situations pray for wisdom and expect an answer.
“But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why have you made me like this?’” Romans 9:20 (NKJV)
In the Bible, we often see believers questioning God. The Virgin Mary’s response to hearing she would give birth to a son, although she was a virgin, is different from Zachariah’s response in hearing he would become a father. Mary believed the angel and his words but asked for understanding. Zachariah questioned the angel with an interrogative attitude and a “prove it” mentality thinking his wife’s age made the whole scenario impossible.
“And Zacharias said unto the angel, ‘Whereby shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.’ And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.” Luke 1:18-20 (NKJV)
“Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:34-35 (KJV)
It is possible to ask questions of the Lord in a manner that is not sinful. Indeed, Habakkuk asked a question in faith. He believed God was a righteous judge and trusted in His holy character. He was simply curious as to why His wrath, from his viewpoint, was delayed.
“O LORD, how long shall I cry, and You will not hear? Even cry out to You, ‘Violence!’ and You will not save.” Habakkuk 1:2 (NKJV)
God replies to Habakkuk.
“Look among the nations and watch—Be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you. For indeed I am raising up the Chaldeans, a bitter and hasty nation which marches through the breadth of the earth, to possess dwelling places that are not theirs.” Habakkuk 1:5-6 (NKJV)
God’s answer was more perplexing than His apparent delay. Habakkuk accepted that the Lord had chosen the Chaldeans to judge His people but struggled with the Lord using such a wicked instrument to bring judgment.
To ask questions of God in faith means asking Him with the willingness to be content with His answer or even if He never appears to give us an answer at all. Asking questions in a faithless manner is to demand an answer or find given answers unacceptable. When we wrestle with God in prayer, we should come before Him in awestruck respect and faith.
Always trust the Word and lay claim to the promises within. They are faithful and true! God’s character love and He is full of tender mercies. His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not always our way. They are far above ours and we would be wise to wait on Him, finding contentment in whatever He provides. It is more than we deserve and certainly for our benefit and refinement.