The weekend offers a little extra time to consider, to perhaps dive a bit deeper into the Scriptures. Things can slow down a bit and offer more opportunities to think. So here is a topic and several scriptures to consider.
Why would the God of the Universe, the God who continually announces that there is none like Him, the God who is first and last, why would this God ever tolerate being questioned?
And yet he seems to. In fact I would go so far as to say that God loves an honest question. Even if the questions is with regard to his motives. Consider these examples:
God is talking with Abraham and Abraham is concerned. God has revealed that he is planning to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because they are so evil. Abraham has family in the city and so is worried about this decision.
Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” Genesis 18:25
Can this be right? Abraham is not only questioning God, but is implying that God isn’t planning to do the right thing!
And God’s response is to begin negotiating.
God and Moses on the mountain. God giving Moses the Ten Commandments. They see the golden calf and the idolatry of the Israelites. God decides to destroy the Israelites.
But Moses sought the favor of the LORD his God. “O LORD,” he said, “why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out, to kill them in the mountains and to wipe them off the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people. Exodus 32:11-12
Not only does Moses question God, but he tells God to relent…and God does!
God loves an honest question. But why? Why tolerate that from us?
One more example. Habakkuk. (I know, I know, everybody’s favorite book of the Bible!)
How long, O LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted. Habakkuk 1:2-4
These are not just questions, but these are accusations. There is judgment and projecting of motivation.
“Or cry…but you do not save.”
“Why do you make me look…?”
“Why do you tolerate wrong?”
God must love an honest question or else the next thing we would read in Habakkuk would include the words lightening and strike!
God goes on to answer Habakkuk, which is very interesting in it’s own right, but for today consider this:
Why does God love an honest question?
Why does God tolerate our questions when they are presumptive, accusatory, and just down right unfair?