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Is it wrong to question God when things don't go the way I think they should? I really do believe in God, but sometimes it's hard for me to understand why He lets some things happen. Do I make God mad when I question Him?


No, it’s not necessarily wrong for us to ask God why He’s allowed things to happen to us the way they did. God doesn’t want us to pretend or be dishonest when we come to Him–and in any case, He already knows what is in our minds and hearts.

Job in the Old Testament didn’t understand why God was allowing Him to suffer, and questioned why God had let it happen. In the midst of his pain and discouragement he cried out, “I loathe my very life; therefore I will give free rein to my complaint and speak out in the bitterness of my soul” (Job 10:1). God didn’t cut him off or get angry at him; God knew what he was suffering, and He understood his emotions.

But listen: Job didn’t stay there. In other words, he didn’t just keep on complaining. Instead, he honestly sought God and, in time, God reached down and brought comfort to him. No, all his questions weren’t answered–nor will yours be. But Job saw God’s greatness and love in a new way–and that made all the difference.

Don’t question God because you think He must be wrong; He isn’t. Instead, ask Him to help you to trust Him, even when you don’t understand. God loves you–if He didn’t, He wouldn’t have sent His Son into the world to die for you. But He did, and that makes all the difference.

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  1. Miguel says:

    I want to know what does the verse that says, ” By his stripes you were healed…” really means? I hear it being used the wrong way but I don’t know how to explain it myself. Please help me with some clarity. Thanks in advance :)

    1. BGEA says:

      Miguel, “stripes,” used in Isaiah 53:5 and 1 Peter 2:24, is sometimes translated as “wounds.” It refers to the open wounds and punishment Jesus received as He was about to be crucified. Not only was He whipped across his bare back; He was also beaten, crowned with thorns and endured unimaginable physical pain on the cross. He did it all to take our sins upon the cross.

      You might recall Romans 6:23, which says the price of sin is death. That’s why in the Old Testament, people sacrificed animals—animals that were supposed to be pure, without blemish. Something innocent had to die, its blood shed, for our guilt to be covered. When Jesus, who was sinless and perfect, died on the cross, His blood covered our guilt once and for all. It was through His blood, His wounds, that we can be free from sin, healed from its grasp when we put our trust in Him.

  2. Loretta says:

    Pat, I can relate to what you have said. I have certainly been there. Everything you have said. I dont think we will always have answers to our questions. But in and through it all, I believe God can use situations to that the devil intended to hurt – God Can bring good out out them, lessons out of them. We just need to know that God does not leave us to deal with them alone. He promises to be with us all the time. Like with Daniel and the three Hebrew Boys. God was WITH THEM through the fires. God has a plan for each of us (Jer 29:11) a plan not to harm us but to prosper us. As Christians we are not exempt from fiery trials, the difference is we have God on our side. In difficult times we need to run TO him and not FROM him.

  3. Pat says:

    I know our “understanding” is way below God’s. And I can understand when we suffer our own consequences for our own actions. But it seems so very strange that Job who followed God completely should have everything taken from him, and his children murdered. Was this all to prove a point for God? I know everything and everyone is His to do with what He wants so in some ways I probably shouldn’t question. But it seems so brutal just so the Lord could use Job’s life to teach a lesson. I have struggled with this for a long time now. And it makes me wonder if we should pray at all if He already knows what He is going to do with us and to us? I am having a hard time with this….It is almost like He needs to bring us tragedy so we turn to Him and He saves us out of it….I don’t understand His Heart in this and it makes it difficult for me to pray for specific things…..I end up saying, “Whatever” because I never know what He wants….very hard.
    Thank you