“I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth Thee. Wherefore I abhor [despise] myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”
hearing and seeing god published week of april 18, 2021
It can become a dangerous matter to question God. I am not referring to the innocent questions of a child . . . but more like the sassy-mouth challenging of a teenager. I am speaking about questioning that is directed at accusing and correcting, not at understanding. Every parent will at one time or another have to make some difficult decisions which will affect his children to question – whether directly or indirectly – of being unfair or unloving simply because the child doesn’t have the wisdom and insight to understand some of the hard choices the parent faces. This same scenario may also play out in our spiritual life when we as His children question our heavenly Father. It is in such moments that I have been humbled by God’s grace and mercy in “putting up with” me, His own version of the sassy teenager.
However, if you have been a Christian for some time, you will learn that noone can shut a mouth more quickly than the Almighty God. Questioning God is not necessarily a sin. However, if you choose to do so, just be ready for the answer. If anyone had cause to question God, it was His humble servant, Job. It was even to Job, God said, “Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand [question] of thee, and answer thou me [you shall answer me]. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.” (Job 38:3-4). That was just the beginning . . .
When God finished with him, Job’s answer was, “Behold, I am vile [unworthy]; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.” (Job 40:4-5). However, God was not finished. He continued, in His Father-like way, to basically ask His teenager Job, “Who do you think you are?” Or more accurately, “Who do you think you are talking to?”
As the dialogue continues, we witness a beautiful picture of God’s perfectly loving discipline. Although this was not easy for Job, it was effective. God wanted to make sure that Job had a clear picture of His character, His position and His power. When the discourse was over, Job said to his Father that his ears had heard God speak, his eyes had seen God and now he would repent (see Job 42:5-6). The LORD would respond back and “. . . gave Job twice as much as he had before” (Job 42:10).
“O Merciful Father, Open my ears that I may hear You with certainty and open my eyes that I may see You clearly. Give me the desire to know and trust You more. Thank You for saving me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”