There’s no question about it.
Sometimes life’s not fair. And when we think life’s not fair, we question God.
We question whether he cares…even whether he exists.
Is that OK?
The message at Avery United Methodist Church near Morgantown, West Virginia – this week’s stop on my Summer Itinerancy 2015 (which you can read about here) – met this “question about questioning” head on.
We heard two passages of scripture – one New Testament and one Old Testament – highlighting times when people questioned God.
In Mark 10:17-31, we witness the rich young ruler questioning Jesus about what he must do to inherit eternal life.
In Job 23:1-9, 16-17, we listen in as Job looks everywhere for God, preparing to state his case about his unfair treatment.
I’ll cut to the chase of the message.
Yes, it’s OK to ask your questions, voice your doubts, and share your hurts and anger with God.
It’s more than OK.
When we find ourselves in these valleys of doubt, hurt or anger, it feels like we are alone. We’re often afraid to tell people we feel this way, worrying that they will question our faith.
But true freedom is finding the courage to acknowledge what we are experiencing and voice our questions.
Keep talking to God.
He won’t hold it against you.
Even Jesus on the cross did this.
“Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?”
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
The rich young ruler asked his questions – although he could not accept the answers.
Job asked his questions – and ultimately rediscovered his place in God’s care.
Jesus asked his questions – and was raised from the dead to take his place with God.
Knowing all this… should we confidently voice our questions, our doubts, our hurts, and our anger to God?
Should we despair when we don’t hear or understand his answers or can’t sense him nearby?
Should the church – the Body of Christ in the physical world – tolerate and patiently listen to our questions, our doubts, our hurts, and our anger?
God is bigger than our questions, our doubts, our hurts, and our anger.
The church – if it truly represents the Body of Christ in the world – should be, too.