Monday, May 20, 2013

Your Questions…God’s Answer

Job had questions about his situation. His friends offered their opinions, but they fell short on the answers Job was seeking. After both Job and his friends finished talking—God showed up in a storm and said:

“I will question you, and you shall answer me” (Job 38:3).

God has a history of asking questions:
Adam was asked “Where are you?”
        Cain was asked, “Where is your brother, Abel?”
                  Moses was asked, “Is the Lord’s arm too short?”
                            Elijah was asked, “What are you doing here?”
                                         Peter was asked, “Why did you doubt?
                                              The disciples were asked, “Who do you say I am?”

What questions do you have for God? First observe His questions to see if you can come to Job’s conclusion of: 
“I know that You can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted” 
(Job 42:2).

Question #1) “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge?” (Job 38:2).

Answer: His Plan
God has a plan even in the most chaotic events in your life. You are most tempted to doubt His love for you during trials and tribulations. However you’re never outside of His love when bad things happen. Praying to God consistently and studying the Bible diligently gives reassurance that a loving design is being worked out for your good and His purposes.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Question #2) “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?” (Job 38:4)

Answer: His Presence
God never takes a vacation. He’s everywhere all the time. You may be tempted to believe that God has left you when desolation crowds in on your life. Just because you don’t sense His presence doesn’t mean that He’s checked out. Have faith in God. He is with you in the days of light and days of darkness.
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

Question #3) “Would you discredit my justice?”(Job 40:8).

Answer: His Patience
God isn’t blind to injustice. You cry out for God’s hand to intervene in response to wickedness and yet see nothing changing. You may be tempted to take matters into your own hands. However, if you step back and trust, you’ll see that God is longsuffering and demonstrates fairness in the final judgment for the righteous as well as the unrighteous.   
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

Question #4) “Do you have an arm like God’s, and can your voice thunder like his?” (Job 40:9)

Answer: His Power
God’s power is beyond human comprehension. During your most difficult days you may be tempted to forget that He is all powerful. However you must remember that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead lifts you up to overcome adversity. Your God has all the power over everyone including the devil and his followers.
“Power belongs to you, God” (Psalm 62:11).

When you are suffering through a trial, draw strength from your faith in God—
His Perfect Plan for your life,
             His Comforting Presence to keep you going,
                       His Enduring Patience to sustain you, and
                                        His Absolute Power to keep you.

The New International Version. 2011. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.


  1. Love your teaching and ability to show Truth to all who seek God.

  2. Just what I needed today. Thank you Crystal, for speaking God's Word!

    1. Hi Margie! So glad the Lord blessed you with this word. Thanks for letting me know.