Have you ever heard anyone say “You shouldn’t question God?” perhaps you yourself have uttered those very words, I know I have. You may be believing God for something to happen in your life; but when it doesn’t happen the way you envisioned it, doubt begins to set in and patience goes flying out the window. Then unwittingly it happens, in your very own innocent way, you begin to question God. Most of us have a desperate desire to understand everything, so we use our intellect in an attempt to understand the “why” of life. But in so many areas we must acknowledge that we simply cannot understand, our own “reasoning “is tainted, because it is born of the flesh.
When we rely on our limited understanding it can easily lead us astray. Proverbs 16:25 says, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” When we choose to direct our lives according to what seems right to us, we often reap disaster – Judges 21:25. In your innocent attempt to comprehend the “Why” have you ever found yourself asking, or saying to God maybe in prayer, something like; I participate in serving, I am doing what you ask of me to further your Kingdom here on earth, why am I still in debt?” or “Why am I going through this?” or “I don’t deserve to go through this. “Why am I still sick” these type of questions are questions born of the mind out of logical reasoning. You are indirectly blaming God for what is happening in your life and if you were to continue along this path, you’ll eventually sever your faith connection with Him altogether.
Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us why we often don’t understand what God is doing: “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.’ For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'” God sees the whole picture, while we only see our tiny corner of it. To trust in the Lord with all our heart means we can’t place our own right to understand above His right to direct our lives the way He sees fit. When we insist on God always making sense to our finite minds, we are setting ourselves up for spiritual anxiety.
The flesh is “a mindset or a way of thinking that contradicts the Word of God.” It always operates through reasoning or through questioning. Proverbs 3:5-6 gives God’s guidance for life “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” These words challenge all of us as believers to put more confidence in God’s ability than in our own, to not try to analyze and figure out every detail ourselves, but to place our belief in God’s wisdom, love and strength, to lean on God instead of relying on ourselves or anyone else.
We are told, positively, to trust the Lord and, negatively, not to trust our own understanding. Those two things are mutually exclusive. In other words, if we trust in the Lord, we cannot also depend upon our own ability to understand everything God is doing. No, it’s not wrong or a sin to ask God a legitimate question; consider this; when the angel Gabriel told Mary that she would become pregnant and that her son would save people from their sins. Mary asked, “How shall this be since I’ve never been with a man?” – Luke 1:34. She had a legitimate question it’s when you begin to question God’s goodness and ability that you find yourself getting into trouble.
God makes the distinction between the heart and the mind. There is nothing wrong with using one’s mind, and in Proverbs 3:5-6 this verse is not telling you to stop thinking. But some situations are complex and cannot be successfully understood and still make sense. Rather than making foolish and perhaps risky decisions and leaping off a precipice into a chasm of catastrophe, it’s much better to trust God. God is the One with foreknowledge. Proverbs 3:7 says, “Do not be wise in your own eyes.” Romans 12:16 rephrases this. “Never overestimate yourself or be wise in your own conceits.” God is all-knowing, all-powerful and everywhere-present. He is tried, true and trustworthy.
When you set your mind on the Word of God, you’ll also experience soul prosperity and peace – 3 John 2. The Bible says that the issues of life flow out of the heart – Proverbs 4:23. The word heart in this scripture actually refers to your soul—your mind, your will and your emotions. If you can control your mind, you allow God to control your destiny. But it will take a quality decision on your part to dedicate your life to changing the way you think.
Set your mind on the Word of God and let it become the focal point of your life and purpose!