Sometimes in the Church, we feel like we’re not allowed to ask questions, but Psalm 77 shows us that questions aren’t bad.
The psalm begins with a sense of urgency and desperation as the psalmist cries out to God. He then begins to ask questions.
“Will the Lord spurn forever, and never again be favorable?”
“Has his steadfast love forever ceased?”
“Are his promises at an end for all time?”
“Has God forgotten to be gracious?”
“Has he in anger shut up his compassion?”
Have you ever asked these same questions?
Have you wondered if God had turned his back on you, or whether or not God truly cared? If so, you’re not alone, and you’re not a “bad” Christian if you’ve asked these questions. In fact, it is unrealistic to never have questions. Having no questions implies you have all the answers, and that’s impossible.
Never having questions means that stagnation is creeping in and movement and growth have ceased. For growth is often accompanied by discomfort and confusion, and questions become a necessary component of growth.
Questions are also the way we often process grief and hardships. We may never know everything, but asking questions helps us process our doubts and insecurities and allows us to be stronger on the other side. So, don’t be afraid, ask questions.
The other side
I love that Psalm 77 began with questions, but ended with the remembrance of who God is and what he’s done. It began with desperation and ended with hope. Ask the questions you need to ask, but don’t let yourself be consumed.
Remember what you know to be true…
“I will remember the deeds of the LORD…Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples. You with your arm redeemed your people, the children of Jacob and Joseph.”Psalm 77:11,13-15