It's OK to Ask God Questions

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Photography: By Steve Buissinne, CC0 Public Domain, Pixabay

Photography: By Steve Buissinne, CC0 Public Domain, Pixabay

Do you know what the first question in the Bible is?

“Where are you?”

The very first question ever was asked by God Himself! He was searching for man, who because of his sin was hiding in shame and embarrassment.

Of course God knew exactly where Adam and Eve were hiding and why.  So, for what reason did God ask and not just sneak up on them and yell, “Boo!”?

Oh, I suppose there are many reasons why in His infinite wisdom God asked a question to which He already knew the answer. Two possible reasons are: 1. In answering the question, man would have to admit his guilt which would be the first step towards reconciliation, and, 2. If it is ok for the omnipotent God to ask questions, then surely it must be ok for us to ask questions, too.

The story of the whole Old Testament is one of God seeking man, drawing him into a relationship with Him. Finally, in the fullness of time, God the Father sends His Son. Now, full reconciliation can take place and a personal relationship between God Almighty and man can be recovered: the story of the New Testament.

Do you know the first question asked in the New Testament? “Where is he…?” It was asked by  three wise men seeking the newborn King of the Jews. Now it is man’s turn to seek God.

“Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you shall find” (Matt. 7:7). God wants us to seek Him; He wants us to ask questions.

Two Gospels down, in St. Luke, there are a couple of questions asked which may seem similar, but are markedly different. In the annunciation of St. John the Baptist’s birth, Zechariah asks, “How am I to know this?” Six months later, in a similar announcement, Mary asks, “How can this be…?” Mind you, both questions get answered, though one answer (Zechariah’s) brings with it an opportunity to reflect more carefully on God’s goodness (aka, a bit of a punishment).

So what’s the difference? The heart of the question.

When we ask God anything, we, as faith-filled people, must do so with the utmost trust in His goodness. That does not mean we can’t be angry or that we will totally understand. In the end, though, we ask with a heart open to God’s will whatever it may be, knowing that He only desires what is best for us and that He can and will bring good even out of evil.

So ask away. Ask in your hurt, your confusion, your wonder, your awe, your anger. Ask. He wants you to. He wants you to seek Him as three wise men once did. He wants you to trust His answer, like a young virgin once did.

He wants to know, “Where are you?” Where are you in this faith journey with Him? How close? The answers He has for us can bring about a reconciliation that will lead us even closer to Him.

Questioning God is not bad; on the contrary, when asked with an open heart, questions are good.

So you see, Dad, it is ok to ask God why you have cancer. It is understandable, even for a faithful man as yourself, to wonder if everything is going to be fine. In the end, though, trust Him. He will bring good out of this trial.

Please, my friends, pray for my father as he undergoes radiation treatments. Thank you and God bless you for asking.

Copyright 2015, Kelly Guest

Photography: By Steve Buissinne, CC0 Public Domain, Pixabay

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God has given Kelly lots of wonderful opportunities to follow Him. She was a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia in Nashville, an education coordinator for a Catholic Charities' program for pregnant teens, a middle school teacher, a director of religious education and is now a youth minister. Her most challenging and rewarding calling, though, is wife and mother of ten children. What she has learned, she blogs at CatholicMom.com.

51 Comments

  1. I absolutely believe God gave us humans the capacity to think and wonder and question BECAUSE he loves us so much more than we can fathom. I am praying for Kelly’s dad today – for healing and peace and answers!!!!!

  2. Praying for you and my niece and God-daughter who has breast cancer and will be having surgery Jan 22nd May God hold you both safely in His arms

  3. Kelly,
    May God bless your father and your family during this difficult time. At times like this, I always try to remember (you know, remembering back to my religion classes of the 70’s and 80’s!) that Jesus is the very best friend that I could ever have and that he does all and allows all that he does for our own good. He’ll never steer us wrong even if we can’t see where he is taking things! Prayers to you all!

  4. Ana L. Lombardo on

    Dear Kelly,
    May God give strength to your dad and your family through this challenging time. Prayers to you all in English and Spanish with much love. Un abrazo, Ana

  5. Lynn Szymanski on

    Praying for your Dad, your Mom and all their loving family as your Dad begins his radiation treatments. May you all feel the love and compassion of our Lord throughout this journey.

  6. Paul Zimmermann on

    Praying for you and your wonderful family who care deeply for you. May God bless you and help you to keep your spirits up.

    • I think your prayers are double powerful, though, Andrew, as I believe Grandmom prays with you always. Thanks for praying.

  7. Praying for your dad! Kelly, your dad will have a new perspective on life that he will want to share because of his cancer experience. You are a wonderful faithful family and you will give love and support to help your dad continue to heal.

  8. thank you kell and my gracious thanks to all who responded to your prayer request. they too will be in my prayers. prayer is not something we just,do it is the very essence of who we are. .God bless dad

  9. Kelly, the first comment was dad’s. One of these days he will learn how to do the comments. You truly are a beautiful women, inside and out. You are giving dad the best meds e could have…prayers. My thanks to all who are praying for him.. With the good doctors, meds, support from family and friend he will win this battle .Keep up all you do to bring God<s love and words to others. Love Ya!!!

    • Got to love the communion of saints! Thanks, Tom, for all your prayers and for the wonderful opportunity you gave my parents in visiting Rome. An experience they will never forget! God bless you.

  10. Know that Dad is in my prayers as are all of his loved ones as you deal with this challenge. My prayers are for strength and healing and peace.
    With love,
    Mary

  11. Teresa Edwards on

    Dear Kelly and Kelly’s Dad,

    The Jonathan Edwards family will gladly keep your intentions in our daily prayers, especially during the weeks of treatment. May Our Dear Lord grant you some signal graces to bring peace to a difficult situation. We pray for healing and peace.

  12. Dear Richard, Cookie, Kelly, and Family: I pray for you all as you face this difficult time. You have all encouraged and supported me and I know how important having prayer in your life is. I know that you have strong faith and that is your anchor. The journey is difficult, but the rewards are great!
    Peace, Blessings, and Love….Bob

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