Occasionally, I hear this statement, “We must not question God!” Have ever heard anyone say that? I have heard some very faithful Christians make that statement. Do you say that to yourself, “I must not question God?” I was reading through Jeremiah this week and was reminded of that statement.
In Jeremiah 32, God tells the prophet to buy a field from his uncle. Purchasing a field is a normal activity. What is uncommon is the timing. Jeremiah had been prophesying that the Babylonians would take away the Jews into exile. The Babylonians were right at the doorstep. So the prophet was buying land just before it was taken over by an invading army.
This transaction is full of symbolism. God wants the people to know, “Yes, you are going away for awhile. But you will return. One day, your descendants will live in the Promised Land again.” Jeremiah obeys God. He buys the field from his uncle. He is obedient, but he doesn’t like wasting money just as much as the next guy. It would be similar to buying a field you know is going to flood in 2017. Who would do that?
Jeremiah prays to God. He ends his prayer with, “And though the city will be handed over to the Babylonians, you, O Sovereign Lord, say to me, ‘Buy the field with silver and have the transaction witnessed.’” (Jeremiah 32:25 NIV). God does not throw a fit. He doesn’t say, “How dare you ask me any questions. I am God Almighty! No one questions me!” Here is his reply, “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27 NIV). Then, the Lord goes on to explain his actions for several verses. Then he summarizes by saying, “Once more fields will be bought in this land of which you say, ‘It is a desolate waste, without men or animals, for it has been handed over to the Babylonians.’”(Jeremiah 32:43 NIV).
God didn’t mind Jeremiah questioning him. He was glad to explain why he told Jeremiah to purchase land. God doesn’t care if you ask him questions. He is ready to explain himself. God doesn’t care if you question him. Questions lead to answers. My son Gabriel has always been full of questions about computers. That has led him to a lot of knowledge about the subject. I believe the same is true about God. Honest and sincere questions about God do not drive one from the faith, but further into a deeper relationship with God. So don’t be quiet. Raise your hand and ask God those questions. He has the answers. He will teach you his ways.
Written by: Jimmy Hodges
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