Have you ever participated in a Bible Study that impacts you in such a way that you are inspired to make changes immediately?
I certainly have and none more so than the study I have recently finished called “The Quest: An Excursion Toward Intimacy with God” written by Beth Moore.
What I loved about this study was that it challenged my consistency when it came to ensuring that I spent intentional time with God. Let’s be honest, I’m sure we would all like to be more intentional with our Bible reading and prayer life and there are a number of ways we can connect with God authentically if we make it a priority which is really hard to do when our schedules are so jam packed with every day life.
I started this study with no expectations. Little did I know that it would begin my adventure of learning to ask questions with an expectant heart while being fully confident that God would answer each and every one. It took me through the questions that are in the Bible and the context that surrounds them and gave me a fresh picture of the relationship between God and man in their journey through life with Him.
It’s so easy to feel that reading the Bible and praying to God is a one-way communication. We live by faith and most of us are not going around expecting to hear God in an audible way giving us answers. But one thing I know for sure is that our relationship with God is exactly that, a relationship, and in order to grow in a relationship questioning is part of the process. If God didn’t want us to ask questions of Him then Jesus wouldn’t have instructed us to ask in Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV):-
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
The important thing is that we ask Him the questions while acknowledging exactly who we are talking to. Not questioning out of anger and accusation but questioning to gain understanding. Does this mean we cannot be emotional or angry about a situation when we cry out “Why me?”, of course not, just look at the book of Psalms or the book of Job, they are full of people trying to make sense of hard situations. The important thing to remember when questioning is that God is God and we are not, and while we won’t always understand why we go through tough times, He is the one who knows the outcome and wants what is best for us. That’s were the faith and trust comes into it.
And while we may never see the answer to every question this side of eternity, how comforting it is to know that we will receive the answer either way.