Thursday, October 20, 2011

Questions to Ask God

Suppose you were standing before God and had the opportunity to ask Him some questions. What would you ask?

Frankly, when we see the Lord face to face, I suspect we’ll be too dumbstruck to ask questions. After all, “…at the name of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Philippians 2:10-11). If anything, God will be the question-asker.

But let’s just suppose, hypothetically, there were such a Q&A session. I’m sure we’d ask about things like world hunger and poverty. Why the good die young. Why couples wanting children struggle to get pregnant while unfit parents have babies and abuse them. What about devastating hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and tsunamis? How about life on other planets, or in other galaxies?

But I’d like to ask other, less profound but equally puzzling questions:
“Lord, when you created the mosquito, what was it that you were thinking?”
“Do You know why the chicken crossed the road? Chickens rarely cross the road, but I’ve seen a lot of possums, squirrels, cats and dogs, even armadillos in Texas, that tried – and many of them failed. Why did they try?”
“Why did You make fried chicken taste so good if it’s unhealthy to eat?”
Why don't acorns taste like
almonds or peanuts?
“What did come first – the chicken or the egg?” (Obviously, chickens raise a lot of questions.)
“You confused language after the tower of Babel was built, but why did you let Americans say we drive on parkways and park on driveways?”
“If you had decided to give us the Ten Commandments in the 21st century, would You still have had someone climb Mount Sinai to receive them on stone tablets, or would You have just sent a text?”
“Why did you decide morning should come so early in the day?”
“There are always so many acorns in the fall. Why aren’t they better for eating – like almonds or peanuts? I know squirrels and chipmunks need to be stock up for the winter, but we don’t sing about roasting acorns on an open fire.”
“Why do babies and children have so much energy they don’t know how to use, while older people lack energy for stuff they really need to do?”
“Why is it we can only go north so far, and then we start heading south, but no matter how far east we travel, it never turns into going west?”

Lastly, on a more serious note, I’d probably ask, “How could You love us so much that You would give Your only Son, so that anyone truly believing in Him would have eternal life? And as much as we have messed up Your world, why didn’t You just scrap the whole project and start over?”

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