We love to ask God questions, don’t we? We have so many questions about life and we seek Him for answers and He has sent His Holy Spirit to guide us “into all truth” as Jesus said in John 16:1, because He is faithful. Why am I here? What do you want me to do? Why did this happen? Is this what You’ve called me to? How long will this last? When will I see the answers to my prayers? What’s taking so long? Can you hear me?! Why don’t you answer me!? So many questions, every day and all the time. Oh how we need You, Lord!
This week’s devotions will present a powerful and humbling series on what happens when GOD questions YOU.
We like to demand answers and then imagine when God speaks He will open His mouth and out will come all the answers we’ve been waiting for, but that is not always what happens. There are times when God steps in and wants us to sit still and stop talking because He has something to say – but it’s not always “answers” in the way we expect. This is a really important part of the walk of faith many people don’t experience because we just won’t stop talking, and questioning and crying out long enough for God to truly speak. Sometimes, before the answers come, the Lord has questions of His own He wants to ask.
Sometimes, before the answers come, the Lord has questions of His own He wants to ask.
Job experienced this very thing, in Job chapters 38-41, when God spoke “out of the whirlwind” and what He had to say was powerful, mighty, humbling, difficult and with tremendous authority. God is powerful beyond the human ability to conceive and He has nothing to prove to you, or me or anyone else, in spite of the demands and questions we launch at Him. Read this excerpt and see just of glimpse of the vast greatness of God:
“Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Prepare yourself like a man; for I will question you, and you shall answer Me. Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if you have understanding….To what are its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? … Have you entered into the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in search of the depths? Have the gates of death been opened to you? Or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death? …Who has put wisdom in the inward parts, or who has given understanding to the heart? Have you perceived the breadth of the earth? Declare, if you know it all... Did you give the beautiful wings to the peacocks? … Prepare yourself now like a man; I will question you ,and you will answer Me. Will you indeed annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me, that you may be righteous? Have you an arm like God? Or can you thunder with a voice like Him? Adorn yourself now with majesty and excellence, and array yourself with glory and beauty. Let loose the rage of your wrath, and look on every one who is proud and abase him…tread down the wicked in their place. Hide them in the dust together, and imprison them in the hidden place of the grave. Then I will confess to you that your own right hand can save you.”
Thought for today
Take some time this week and read Job chapters 38-41. Let yourself absorb the kind of questions God asks, and meditate on His greatness. We worship a God whose might, power, wisdom and holiness is far beyond what our minds can comprehend. He is beautiful, incomparable, all-powerful and yet He sent Jesus so He could be closer to us. Even so, we still shake our fists at Him when life becomes brutal and devastating and ugly. Yet, He is still holy. We ask Him “Why??” and struggle in our faith, yet while He loves each person and cars about the details of our lives (Psalm 37:23), He is still God existing outside of time, and circumstance. When you have questions- deep, probing, gut-wrenching questions that you want answers to, as Job did – remember this: God has questions of His own for you. How will you answer Him?
Continue on with me this week as we explore the unquestionable greatness of our God!