“Resist questioning His Will.” The words seemed to scream off the page at me.
Of course my pious Christian response was, “I would never question God’s Will.” But any Christian who has ever struggled with the “why” question, has done so.
“Why did my wife have to get cancer?”
“Why didn’t You heal my father?” “Why did my child have to die?” “Why didn’t You…”
How great would it be if the Christian life was always like a Southern Gospel Song? But we have to acknowledge that there are times when following Christ can be difficult at best.
It is in those questioning times we ask, “Does God really care? Is His plan for my life really good?” As we said, there are times that we all question the will of God. If not there will be!
Three possible reasons we question His Will:
As Christians we have all said the words, “God’s knows best!” But at the end of the day, most of us want what we want regardless of the consequences.
I remember the first time I watched someone fishing for Blue Crabs. All that is needed to catch Blue Crabs is a piece of string and a chicken neck. The fisherman tied the chicken neck on the string and threw it out into the water. Soon the string began to move. Very slowly the man began to pull the string in. At the end of the string was a crab with the chicken neck firmly in its grasp. The crab stubbornly held onto the chicken neck unwilling to let it go at any cost.
All the crab had to do to continue living, was to let go of the chicken neck. Many of us question the will of God because we are stubbornly holding on to our own version of a chicken neck! We are willing to choose the bondage of our own desires over the freedom that is to be found in God’s Will!
Selfishness is first cousin of stubbornness. So often we are like the seagulls in “Finding Nemo”, our favorite word is, “Mine!” We all want more!
We struggle with God’s Will because so often, He will ask us to accept what we envision as being less, when He is actually preparing us for what is greater!
The Rich Young Ruler in Luke 18 was not able to follow Christ because He was unwilling to surrender the riches that were his security.
Our selfishness emboldens us to hold tightly to something that God’s Will may be asking us to surrender.
Pride deceives us into believing that we know better than God.
I’m not going to dig any deeper here because it is more convicting than I want to deal with at this point!
So how do we break these traits that cause us to question God’s Will?
Trying to define faith can be kind of like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall.
Romans 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
Simply put – faith is believing that God will do what He has said He will do. Search the Bible for what God has said He will do in your life and accept it as truth.
It’s hard to trust when we don’t understand. But isn’t that the essence of trust?
Trust means that we truly believe the One to Whom trust is given has our best interests at heart.
Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Write down three areas of your life where you need to apply faith and trust. How will you apply the verses above in each of those areas?