The deepest questions, I have, are the ones that I might be too fearful to ask. (Like that? Tweet it)
- Why did this person become unwell at such a tender young age?
- Why didn’t God answer our prayers for healing the way we wanted?
- Why do some people just go from one terrible life situation to the next?
What about the Batman Theatre killing where a lone gunman killed 12 people and injured 58. School shootings?
- Why didn’t God intervene?
- Our did God in some way intervene and stop the massacre from being even worse?
- Where is God when your best friend kills themselves?
So many questions. So few answers.
How do you handle questions that have no easy answers.
For some it creates an incredible tension in their thinking. A desperation breaks out that can create a demand to know.
We are not comfortable with ambiguity, we like things clear and true.
Two suggestions for when those questions nibble away.
1. Can them!
- Get yourself a tin can, and as the questions come up write them down on a piece of paper and prayerfully place them in the can. Imagine yourself placing them in Gods hand to hold them for you. God has big hands!
- Place the can up on a shelf and leave it there.
- After a while take that can off the shelf and see if any of your questions have been answered in the intervening time.
- Add more questions when they come up.
The point is to get those questions out of the Brain and on to a piece of paper. To let them go.
2. Hang onto the basic’s
When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. Franklin D. Roosevelt
For me a basic core rope that ‘I tie a knot and hang on’ to are some powerful scriptural themes. These themes weave their way through the Bible. I have two that I cling to.
- The Lord’s steadfast love endures forever Psalm 136; Lamentations 3:22-24
- I am with you. Isaiah 41:10; Judges 6:12
Even if my questions are never answered, or they may even go on to create more questions, I know the Lord loves me and is with me. I don’t have to have everything neat and tidy with no mystery.
Does your demand for an answer hinder in some way your relationship with God, others and maybe even an acceptance of yourself?
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