And if he is not satisfied with the answer he will ask it over and over again.
Reference: “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?” Habakkuk 1:13 NIV
Explore: Our three year old has not gone through the “why?” stage yet, although we think he has created his own style of “why?”
Instead of just whining “why?” like a lot of children, he will ask “where does it come from?” And if he is not satisfied with the answer he will ask it over and over again.
We’ll be looking at a carton of milk and he’ll ask “where does it come from?” I tell him I bought it at the supermarket but milk originally comes from cows at the farm. “Where does it come from?” The conversation can go for a very long time!!
All children go through this questioning stage. While it can be very repetitive, and even frustrating for the adult answering all the questions, it’s such an important learning stage for the child.
Application: There is high importance on us being able to ask God the same kinds of questions. Thankfully God isn’t as impatient as I am with our three year old’s questions, He’s actually open to constant dialogue.
Questioning God can be seen as us doubting His authority, however, I think it’s a part of all good relationships.
The book of Habakkuk is a great example of the importance of being open and honest with God. He asks the hard questions, questions we still hear people asking today.
Don’t hesitate to confront God with your questions, but be open to hearing His answer. It may not be what you were expecting.
Prayer: Lord, You are all powerful and You are strong enough to hear all of our confronting questions. May we hear Your voice to know what You are doing in our world today. Amen.
What question would you like to ask God?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.