Is It Okay To Question God?

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{Guest Devotional by James Prescott}

I loathe my very life; therefore I will give free rein to my complaint and speak out in the bitterness of my soul. I say to God: Do not declare me guilty, but tell me what charges you have against me. Does it please you to oppress me to spurn the work of your hands, while you smile on the plans of the wicked? Job 10: 1-3 (NIV)

Wrestling with God
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Have you ever prayed something like this verse from Job?

I have. 
A lot. 

Because it often feels like God is completely against us. He’s letting painful, difficult circumstances overwhelm us. We know He’s capable of stopping them.

But God doesn’t.

In many ways suffering is even more difficult to deal with if you know Christ - because you believe in a God who can do anything - who has infinite power, and is infinitely loving. 

Suffering makes no sense whatever you believe. But when you believe in God, then it makes even less sense.

The endless question goes on, “Why?”

  • Why did my parents marriage end so painfully?
  • Why was my Mum taken from me so young?
  • Why do my peers seem to get all the blessings I desire?
  • Why is suffering poured on me at young age, whilst others get blessings lavished on them?

I’m sure you have your own versions of these questions. Why that relative is suffering from cancer? Why your friends’ marriage is falling apart? Why was that person allowed to die so young?

We all have our ‘why’ questions. 

And lets be honest about it, we often don’t want to ask these questions of God, because we are led to believe we shouldn’t question God. We shouldn’t doubt the divine. 

“It’s all part of God’s plan”
“God will bring good out of this”

How often have you heard this from well meaning friends during times of suffering?

And is it really what we need to hear?

Not me. I don’t want nice comfortable answers. 

I want to wrestle with God. I want to keep asking why. I want to explore, to delve deeper with the divine. (tweet this)

I may never find out why. 

But maybe if I keep asking, if I keep diving deep, I will begin to understand. Maybe, if I keep wrestling, I will discover some answers. Maybe, in time, I will begin to see my life with a God’s eye view.

How do I know this? I don’t. 

But I do know God is real. And I have no choice but to somehow trust He’s in control. 

God has a plan. (tweet this)

It’s not suddenly going to make it all okay. It won’t take the pain away or make it easier for me to deal with. But at least I will have hope. At least all is not completely lost. 

What is your “why” question today? Why not take your frustration and pain to God in prayer like Job did? 

{About the author of this devotional: James Prescott}
James Prescott is a writer and author from Sutton, near London, UK. He blogs regularly at He recently released his first e-book, ‘5 Steps to Encouragement: A Manifesto for Changing the World’ which can be obtained free here.

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