by Latoya Reid
New International Version
42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
So often we make people feel guilty and out of place for questioning God when things are going bad in their lives. But truth be told God can handle the questions. He can handle negative thoughts. He knows you are fighting a battle. He knows just where you are and where you stand. He knows you want to Hold on and keep fighting.
Jesus was at the point of pain where He wanted the cup of suffering to pass from Him. He held on during the pain despite how he felt. But His father was not offended by His questions.
Job curse the day He was born. Job wanted God to justify why He has him going through so much pain. Was Job out of place? No Job was not out of place. Was God offended by Job’s many questions and curses ? No God was not offended. Job 3:1 After this, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.
You can always be in an exam and say the teacher never taught you a specific topic, but the teacher will never be offended by your utterances, because the true result is when you finish the exam after following all the instructions. The point is, will you still hold on to God? God is not offended by your utterances, He wants you to trust His plans despite the pain, the disappointment, the grief etc.
It’s all about bringing everything back to Him. The Bible said Cast all your cares upon the Lord.
Sometimes our cares manifest in the form of questions and doubts about God’s plan for us.
God can manage the punches of your blurred mind.
Psalm 55:22 New International Version
22 Cast your cares on the Lord
and he will sustain you;
he will never let
the righteous be shaken.
God wants truth from you and me in every given situation. The Bible tells us to reconcile with a brother or sister before we pray to God. Wouldn’t it be the same for us to reconcile with God if we believe God has offended us by allowing so much pain and Hurt in our lives.. We are susceptible to be offended by God when we are in pain and facing disappointments because we feel betrayed.
I am sure Job felt betrayed By God. When He knew he did all He could to be faithful and live a righteous life. Yet God allowed so much catastrophe and affliction to come upon Him. Jesus felt forsaken at some point on the cross. He could no longer feel the hands of His Father at the final point of fulfilling His purpose.
Truth is , it is ok to not be ok and question your place with God. It’s ok to rest and not fight anymore.
God is not asking you to fight your own battles. He is asking you to hold on to Him and let Him know how you truly view Him. God wants to change your perspective of Him. when you can’t see Him or feel Him,He will still show up. God will not judge you for questioning Him, He will be a friend to us and when we become friends with God we have that access and position to ask a friend some questions in moments when you don’t understand something.
John 15:15 New International Version
15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
If you want to understand God’s business concerning you, become His friend. He will never be offended by your questions.
Life Application: Ask God the questions about things that bother you, you cannot understand or you are having difficulties with. Be real and honest in his presence.
Prayer: Dear Lord, there are so many things that I do not understand and there are times when I feel that I should not bring it to your attention. I know you won’t be offended and that you will answer the questions I have in your time. Help me to trust the plan you have for my life. In Jesus name, amen.