by Matt Kay
One major theme that has come up in our Senior High Youth Bible Study is what faith looks like in relation to questions, doubts, and frustrations. While it's not the best response to question why God chooses to do what He does, we might still have these questions and not be able to help it. While it's not the best response to be angry with the things that the Lord chooses to allow, we might not be able to bottle up our frustration and act like everything is fine.
Think about it. If I had someone in my family that had questions or doubts about my choices, or even had anger concerning what I've chosen to allow or not allow, how would I want that someone to respond? Would I rather have that person draw away from me as a result? Would I like the person to bottle it all up and act like everything is fine? Or would I desire to see the person come to me with their questions, doubts, and frustrations? Without a doubt, I would want that person to come to me so that our relationship can grow. Being able to draw closer through such circumstances is an important part of every good marriage (Christ is called the bridegroom of His church) and parent / child relationship (we call the Lord "Our Father").
In the book of Habakkuk, we read that the prophet had questions and frustrations. In 1.2 we read "How long, O Lord, will I call for help, and You will not hear? I cry out to You, ‘Violence!' Yet You do not save." The prophet is candid, open, and honest... and so is God! The Lord responds by saying "I am raising up the Chaldeans, that fierce and impetuous people who march throughout the earth to seize dwelling places which are not theirs (1.6)." What? He is going to allow wicked people to carry out their wickedness?! Habakkuk doesn't get it, and rather than get angry and walk away from God, and instead of acting like everything is fine, he goes to God with his questions: "Your eyes are too pure to approve evil, and You can not look on wickedness with favor. Why do You look with favor on those who deal treacherously? Why are You silent when the wicked swallow up those more righteous than they (1.13)?"
Maybe today you are asking similar questions and having similar frustrations. You don't want to be, but you can't help it. I am blessed to know that we serve a God who understands. Go to Him with your questions, your doubts, and your frustration; but also go to Him with respect for who He is, remembering who you are.
After his venting, Habakkuk resolved to trust God and wait: "I will keep watch to see what [God] will speak to me, and how I may reply when I am reproved (2.1)." Did you catch that? Habakkuk is going to wait for God's response and see how he'll respond when he is reproved (or, corrected). Habakkuk came to God with the humility to know that God will correct his thinking.
In all of our questions and frustrations, the Lord understands. He wants to use those questions and frustrations to draw us closer to Him. Allow it to strengthen your faith as you wait upon Him to respond, and go to Him with the humility to know that you may need to be corrected in your thinking.
God Bless, Matt