Can we legitimately question God? What I mean is this: will it offend God if we question him? Is it a sin to question God?
This is not an easy question to answer because you read in the Bible:
“But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, ‘Why have you made me this way?’” (Romans 9:20)
But you also read this in the Bible:
“Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” (Psalm 10:1)
Each of these verses gives us pause as we consider whether we should or should not question God without offending him.
Let’s consider why we question God. Typically, we question God when either we are confused as to why certain hurtful, harmful, painful situations have overtaken us or when we are angry that certain hurtful, harmful, painful situations have overtaken us.
Psalm 22 gives a way to steer between these two options.
“My God, My God why have you forsaken me?” (Psalm 22:1)
That is a great question and before we look at who said this, read the next few verses:
“Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.” (Psalm 22:3-5)
I think there are conditions that must be met if we are going to question God without sinning against God.
First, we must believe and approach God as a holy God, when we come to ask our questions. So that means we have to treat God with respect. That means we cannot act like, think like or even feel like an angry, yelling teenager that cannot get his way by asking so he starts to scream and verbally abuse. God must be approached on his own merits.
Second, we must approach God as the only one who can rescue and the only one who has a history of rescuing people. We must not approach God as someone who questions his good intentions.
Third, and this goes back to who is talking in Psalm 22. The first verse, “My God, My God why have you forsaken me?” was spoken by Jesus on the cross.
Before you say, “See there we can question God. Jesus is our example.” Remember Jesus is God, uncreated, eternally begotten of the father, very God of very God, without sin, darkness, and evil. So we can question God but only by our union with Jesus Christ.
So do you struggle with the pain in your own life? Do you want to understand the pain in your life and you want to ask God about it?
Until you recognize your own sinfulness before God, approach God only by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and then you have no right to question God at all. If you are in Christ and you approach God with respect and reverence, then he invites you, his child, to come and find out what you need to know about your pain.
What will God answer? That is an entirely different article. But you can read Job 38-42 to find out.