Dealing with Questions

Why did Jesus cry out on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me” (Mark 15:34)? Why didn’t God ever give Job an explanation for all that had befallen him (Job 38:1-3)? Why didn’t Paul give an answer to his readers as to why God choses some and rejects others (Romans 9:19-20)? In studying Scripture many questions arise. However, I have found Jesus’ cry interesting, because I assumed that Jesus was fully aware of the trial that he would endure and that at some point God would forsake him because of mankind’s sin. Jesus had earlier said that he had come to lay down his life for his friends and that he came to remove the sins of the world. However, his cry indicates that he may not have been aware of all that it would cost him. His sacrifice would cost him his life, of which he was aware, but his cry indicated that he wasn’t aware that it would require his being rejected by God, his Father, as well. Throughout Jesus’ life, he had always addressed God as “Father”, only on the cross having been abandoned and rejected did he address his Father as “God”. I find that very curious. I had never considered the possibility that there were some things that Jesus wasn’t aware of and asked “why?”. When we face difficulties, it is natural to ask why we are going through them, however our response to God is even more important. When God challenged Job, Job repented (Job 42:1-5). After Jesus cried out his question, he submitted his spirit to his Father (Luke 23:46). What gave both of these men the ability to trust God even when they didn’t have an answer to their questions? I suggest that each of these men trusted their relationship with God and Father more than their understanding. Here is the point! If our relationship with God is primarily theological, intellectual and/or philosophical, it will be quite difficult for us to move on without answers to our questions, but if our relationship is based on our knowing God’s character; his kindness and goodness, we can be like Job and Jesus who moved on from their questions and expanded their trust in God. In this Jesus, is our example. We are not to just know truth about God and Jesus, we are to know them as Father, Lord, Savior and friend. As we do, we can still find comfort in our relationship with God and Jesus, even though all our questions may not get the answers we seek.

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