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Googling God

 

As a little kid, I can remember having lots of questions about God, heaven, and life.  I asked questions like, “Who created God?” and “Where did God come from?”  I asked, “What was there before God created the heavens and the earth?”  As I was driving home from work yesterday, I was reminded of my child-like curiousity.  For some reason I questioned to myself, “What language will we speak in heaven?” and “How will we understand each other?  Will we have decoders built in to our heavenly bodies?”  I know these questions sound somewhat humorous, but it’s the jumping off point for many other questions that race around my head.

Last year at this time, I found my self asking God more questions as I stood by my wife as she battled the challenges of bipolar disorder.  At one point, I asked “Why?”  “Why would God allow us to go through this?”  “Why is there bipolar disorder?”  “Why doesn’t anyone talk about mental illness and the challenges that come to families as a result of these illnesses?”  These questions still race around my head.

I think we all have questions for God that range across a wide spectrum from humorous to curiosity to doubt.  Last night, I asked my men’s group what questions they have for God, and it was amusing and interesting to hear their responses.

How was God always there?

Where was God born?

Will I be able to fly in heaven?

If God is all knowing and all powerful, why would He need or desire our love?

Why do I ask why questions?

Will Jesus out trash-talk me?

Will I get full at the banquet table?

Are there bathrooms in heaven?

Do we eat in heaven?

Will all our questions be answered in heaven?

What it there to do in heaven?

Will I really be singing all day?

Do I have free will in heaven?

These were just a few of the questions that were brought up as we sat around the table.  I think it can be healthy to ask questions.  But there’s also a trust factor.  I know that God is in control.  I know that He knows what is best.  I know that I’m not God.  But I still have questions from time to time.

How about you?  What questions do you have for God?

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August 25, 2011 - Posted by | experiences, life, questions, stretch, thoughts, trusting God

3 Comments »

  1. Hmmm. Thought provoking! Randy Alcorn’s books are a great place to go to answer some of these questions. I think questions are good they lead us to truth if we’re looking to God for the answers, they drive us deeper to his heart in need. How long, is my question of the moment, how long?

    Comment by Beck | August 25, 2011 | Reply

    • Questioning God and His hand in the timing of things seems to be a common thing. I know we’re living through some of those questions right now at our house. Our timing is not always God’s timing, and God’s timing is perfect. Proverbs 3:5-6

      Comment by jonstolpe | August 25, 2011 | Reply

  2. I’ve wrestled with tough questions like why children have to suffer or why are their illnesses. Every time He reminds me of His faithfulness, goodness and provision.

    Comment by Dustin | August 25, 2011 | Reply


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