Life is full of questions and we begin asking them from our earliest days. My little granddaughter will soon be talking and when she does, inevitably, one of the first words she will learn is “why”. ‘Why?’ will quickly be the one question asked over and over and over for everything from the sun setting in the evening to the kind of cereal served at breakfast. Why? Why? Why? We learn from the beginning to ask questions!
Even the most earnest, devoted and faithful Christians ask many questions and some of them don’t have readily available answers. For example, we might ask why God so loved the world that He would allow His Son to be sacrificed to save it. Wasn’t there another way? David asked an excellent question of God when he said, “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:3,4, ESV). Now THAT’S a good question! What in the world have we ever done that God would care for us? We sin. We rebel. We’re selfish. Yet, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8). Why?
A reading of the book of Job leaves us with many questions – many more questions than answers. Why did God allow Satan to have his way with Job? Why allow all the pain and suffering that Job endured? What was the purpose; what was the point of it all? Well, the truth is, we aren’t given many answers. Yet the questions are there and they are obvious. This coming Sunday we will see that Job asked these and many other questions of God. He was seeking answers to the unfathomable. And the fact is that we would have done the exact same thing. We would ask the same questions.
This Sunday morning we will see what happened when Job questions God – and the results weren’t exactly what you might expect. For rather than answering Job, God turned the tables and began asking Job a series of questions. As we will see Sunday, throughout the Bible God does the same thing to us. God asks us all kinds of different questions and the way we answer them should tell us quite a bit about the focus of our life and whether or not we are ready for the day when we will stand before the judgment seat of Christ. I hope that our study causes us all to reflect on what’s most important in our lives so that we will prepared for the great day of the Lord.
Sunday night we will begin a series of lessons interspersed throughout the month of November that will look at some of the “one another” passages in the Bible. “Stir it Up” is not just the name of a Bob Marley song, but it is a command that the Holy Spirit inspired writer gives us with regards to our relationship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. To love someone is not always just roses, chocolate and happy thoughts. Sometimes love needs to be tough to be effective. Such love is not just seen in families, but it is also the kind of love we must show to one another in the church. Sometimes we all need some spiritually stirring up, spurring on, even a kick in the spiritual pants. We do this not because we’re ‘holier than thou’ but because we truly do love one another.
It is hard to believe that November is upon us already. Soon we will all be wrapped up in the ‘busy-ness’ of the holiday season. I hope that our lessons Sunday remind us to stay grounded and to stay focused on those things that most important to God.