You passionately pray and seek God’s will for your life. You ask God to confirm your life’s calling. You pray for God to lead you to the right partner. God seems to open the doors for this new job. You believe God is calling you to another city, or country. You’re sure you’ve found the will of God for your life.
You trust that God is going to provide for your needs. You have faith that he’s going to guide your way. You believe he is going to protect you. Everything is going to be all right. Everything has been confirmed over and again.You’re sure you’re in the will of God.
And then it all goes horribly wrong.
What happened? Why did God let this happen? Why did God lead you to believe this was his will? You based your entire life on the fact that God wanted you to be here. Everything you planned in your life was predicated on the assurance you were in God’s will. And you wound up here – in Failure Land, with no way out.
I believe the Bible has some answers for you. You may not think they’re perfect answers. You may not see them as complete answers. I’m certain I don’t know all of the possible answers in God’s Word. But you may see your answer. Even if you don’t, you’ll have something to think about, to contemplate. You may see things from a different perspective, and that may help you.
Hear me out.
For this first post, let me assure you of one thing: It’s OK for you to question God. It must be. So many people in the Bible did so. Look at these passages for now, and stop feeling guilty that you have questions for God, that you want something explained, that you simply don’t understand what he’s doing:
- Exodus 5:22 – One of many times Moses questioned God
- Judges 6:13 – Gideon didn’t understand why God had allowed the present situation
- Job – the Book thereof
- Psalms – Start with Psalm 10:1, and look up how many times David asked “why”
- Jeremiah 12 – Jeremiah wanted to know why God allowed the wicked to prosper
- Habakkuk – He spends almost an entire chapter questioning God
Those are merely representative. Great heroes of the faith questioned God. While God did become angry with some of them when they didn’t like his answers or they spoke without wisdom (Moses, Job, Jonah), God never told anyone who served him (that I know of) that they were evil to even think of questioning him.
I believe God doesn’t mind if we ask him why. I do believe he does mind if we don’t like his answers. If you really want to know – go ahead and ask. But be prepared to accept his answers.
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