God is not offended by your questions
Updated: Sep 14, 2020
You can both wrestle with honest questions and embrace a genuine faith in God.
I did not grow up Christian, but I did grow up curious. My family didn’t attend church, nor spoke of Religion in general. But, even as a young teenager, I was extremely curious and oftentimes critical about God, his existence and all the facets that went along with that.
Oddly enough though, it was that same curiosity that eventually led me into a relationship with God. When I was 15, I began sitting in on the Sunday morning services at Hillcrest Baptist church in Pensacola, FL for “research” purposes. I would listen intently to the Pastor speak and took copious notes.
About three months of going every Sunday, I was sitting in yet another service - still with many unanswered questions, and decided that at the end of the program I would ask the pastor himself. So, after he was done speaking, I walked up to him, introduced myself and began peppering him with questions. Slightly confused, he patiently began talking through some of my objections and thoughts. Afterward, he asked me about my personal relationship with God in which I acknowledged I did not have one. And it was that conversation that eventually led to my conversion and becoming a Christian.
With that, though my identity as a non-Christian changed, my curiosity did not. I loved God but still wrestled with questions. I felt guilty about it considering I was a Christian now. I felt as if I was somehow being dishonest with myself and God. Almost like God was offended and upset with my curiosity.
This is a tension many of us live in. The tension of loving God and trusting Him with our eternity, yet having legitimate questions regarding things like His existence, the allowing of certain circumstances in the world and why various actions are sinful and why others aren’t.
The Prophet Habakkuk
Fortunately, we are not the only ones who fight this tension. The prophet Habakkuk did too. In fact, Habakkuk chapter 1 describes a narrative in which the prophet is bringing an onslaught of questions to God. Questions like “Why would you let all of this evil happen?” and “Why would you put me in this situation?” Questions that many of us have asked before.
Yet, God did not lose His temper, nor did He condemn the prophet. Instead, he responds with a message of hope (v. 5-11). He comforts Habakkuk, assuring him that He has things all under control. Reminding him of his good purposes and authority all throughout.
Asking for a friend
With that, it is my firm belief that God feels the same way about your questions. He isn’t offended and certainly isn’t afraid of them. God does not lack self – esteem. He doesn’t overreact and won’t get frustrated with you. He is patient and kind when it comes to your curiosity.
Knowing that amazing truth, I’m passionate about finding answers to the tough questions of our faith. Tackling topics like suicide, alcohol and evil. Because I believe questions lead to wisdom and wisdom to impact in this world for the glory of God. And knowing that He isn’t offended by our questions allows us to ask them earnestly, seeking after the answers without feeling ashamed or dishonest.
So, over the next month, I will be doing a blog series called “Asking for a friend.” In this series, I will be answering some of main questions of our faith – the same ones I wrestled with growing up. Over the next few weeks, tune in as I’m confident that you will be provided with tons of clarity and encouragement.
*Also, if you’re an extra curious person like I am, the book below (hyperlink) is a great read and an awesome resource.*