Is It Wrong To Question God?
I’m sure most of us have asked this question to ourselves if not asked aloud. And if you’re like me, you’ve probably been asked this question on more than one occasion.
In times of grieving over the loss of a loved one, I’ve not only heard this question asked but stated reluctantly as fact, “I know that we’re not supposed to question God.”
But are we not? Is it wrong to ask God why? That sort of depends.
When God gives us direction, it’s in our best interest to follow Him.
In Jeremiah 7.23 (AMP), God told the Israelites, “Listen to and obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, so that it may be well with you.”
So when it’s a matter of obedience (God telling us to do something), we shouldn’t question — we should obey. And we should obey quickly because delayed obedience is disobedience (Psalms 119.60).
Jesus famously said to His disciples, which is also His charge to us, ‘if you love Me, you’ll obey Me,’ (John 14.15).
Obedience is really about responding to God rather than just doing the thing asked. It’s about the Person who’s giving it, not the request.
Obedience to God is never a negotiation.
Asking God For Clarity
However, when we’re confused as to why something’s wrong or happening, or we just want to better understand what’s going on or being asked of us — God welcomes our curiosity.
God is not afraid of our questions. And He can handle the tough ones too.
James 1.5 (AMP) says, “If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him.”
Note: Information in the brackets of the amplified translation are not a part of the original scripture. However, they clarify the context of the scripture based on translation, history, and culture.
God welcomes and loves our questions because He delights in when we come to Him (Matthew 7.7-8).
God does want us to dwell in confusion (1 Corinthians 14.33). He doesn’t want to us remain in hurt (Psalms 147.3). He wants us to have truth (John 16.13).
Like a loving Father, God wants to give us understanding and direction (Proverbs 3.5-6).
More God = Becoming More Like Him
God knows that the more we come to Him, and the more we obey Him, the more we become like Him through His transformation.
Think about a time when someone brought a question to you and the delight it gave you to share with and guide them.
While God may not always give us the answer we want or even answer us in the time that we want — He welcomes us to Him. And His timing is always right.