I’ve written about asking questions regarding faith, Jesus, and the Bible before. I discussed how it was a good thing to practice, even though there is a prevailing church culture that thinks otherwise. You can read that article here.
But as I was reading through Deuteronomy, I stumbled across another piece of evidence, proof that asking questions about your beliefs is a good thing. And in this case, it is completely encouraged by God.
Moses is sitting down with the nation of Israel, preparing them to enter the Promised Land. He is telling them of their history, the times that they have stumbled and sinned. He shares with them the overwhelming power of God and His grace. Moses repeats the 10 Commandments for them. There is a gaggle of other commandments given, and then God, through his mouthpiece Moses, says,
“In the future, when your son asks you, “What is the meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the LORD our God has commanded you?” tell him: We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand.” – Deuteronomy 6:20-21
When your son asks, God starts that verse. When, not an “if”, not an “if he is feeling defiant and is angry at you”, God says when your children ask questions. They will ask. They will not understand. They will be confused by the goings on in our spiritual lives. And they will ask. And that is fine.
Don’t stop them from asking. Don’t turn them away. Let them ask their questions.
God, while giving His directions and instructions to His people, makes a point to stop and say, “It’s okay if you don’t understand something. It’s okay if you are confused by something. It’s okay if you need to stop and ask a question.”
There is no condemnation. There is no ridicule or shame.
When the sons of Israel have questions, God welcomes them, saying “Ask your questions, Because I have answers.”
“Tell him” this, God says. There is an answer to the questions that they will have. God is not scared by their questions. He is not upset or irritated that they are not blindly following and obeying Him. God was and is prepared to give an answer to their questions. It was not a problem for Him. If fact, God was eagerly waiting for their questions, so that He could engage them in their place of wondering. He wanted to give them answer so that they could move into a greater relationship with him.
A deeper relationship, a better understanding is what God desires from us. And that can be gained, nurtured and blossom from asking questions and receiving answers. God approves of us asking questions and eagerly waits to give us answers, that we may know him more.
May you ask your questions of God, without fear. And may you be still and listen for the answers that He longs to give you.
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