The Right Question

The Right Question

Richard Roberts

There’s an old saying: “In order to get the right answer, you must first ask the right question.” And certainly, it’s important to ask the right questions concerning our relationship with God.

Very often we ask questions that we don’t have any answers to — questions such as, “Why me?” Or, “Where was God in that situation?” Or “Why doesn’t God…?” Questions like this can only be answered from God’s eternal vantage point. He alone sees the big picture — the beginning from the end, all of the people involved, and the full impact of any situation. Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”

There are some things in this life that we simply are never going to know, and we are wasting our time to ask questions for which we can’t find answers. When we find ourselves struggling with “Why?” questions, perhaps one of the best things we can do is to say, “I don’t know. Only God knows. And I choose to trust God even if His response for some reason appears to be silence on this issue.”

There are other questions however that we might be wise to ask. There are questions that we can and should ask about our relationship with the Lord and His will for us on this earth. These are the questions that can lead to wisdom and they are questions for which God’s Word has answers. Furthermore, when we ask these questions, the Bible says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). The Lord wants us to ask questions that lead to wisdom. He never criticizes us for asking, and He said He will always give answers to these kinds of questions.