God’s word is a rich treasure of answers. These answers to life’s biggest questions provide a rock to stand on, hope in the midst of pain, and light in the midst of darkness. That is why the church throughout history has rightfully become obsessed with these answers and hold on to them for dear life. Sometimes, however, this obsession makes me wonder if we have room for questions.
If I can be honest, I have so many questions in this life that I simply don’t have the answers to. There is so much pain and suffering in the world that I don’t understand and can’t even begin to try and explain. So much darkness that drowns out the light, sometimes to the point where I wonder if there’s hope at all. “Bombs falling in Syria, a child dying of aids; fighting ‘round the world, a daddy lost his girl...” While the Bible may speak to these things, is there room for my heart to feel overwhelmed by questions? Is such honesty allowed for believers?
According to the journals of “a man after God’s own heart,” I know the answer is yes. The Psalms show that we are allowed to ask God “why;” we are allowed to cry and grieve and mourn; we are even allowed to doubt. Doubt is not the opposite of faith, but rather the outworking of faith. The last thing to do is to ignore or cover our doubt as if it doesn’t exist. What Father who loves his children would not want them to come ask and wrestle with him? May we boldly approach the throne of grace with honest questions.