Questions Without Answers


One of my favorite books in the Bible is the book of Job. Poor Job. He loses everything very tragically except his wife who only discourages him and tells him to “curse God and die.” Thanks, Babe. Thanks for nothing.

Something that strikes me about the account is Job’s honesty and bluntness with God. He throws some hard questions out there. He tells God exactly what he’s feeling and what he’s wrestling with.

But my favorite part is not Job’s struggle with the ways of the world, why the righteous suffer, why tragedy happens, why suffering exists. My favorite part is God’s response. God doesn’t answer Job’s questions directly. He makes it very clear He isn’t on trial here. What He does do, though, is answer indirectly by showing Himself to Job, reminding Job of His power and majesty and glory.

Chapter 38 starts out with Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm. He said: “Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you and you shall answer me.”

God says, okay Job, you’ve had your time to talk, you’ve had your time to question, and you’ve proven your lack of knowledge and wisdom about Me. Now be quiet and brace yourself because it’s my turn to ask the questions.

Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Huh? Or when I hung the stars in the sky and taught them how to sing? Were you there? Did you shut up the sea behind doors? Did you spread the clouds across the sky?

You get the picture? Job did. God didn’t have to answer his questions, He only had to make Himself known to Job as if to say, “Hey, I’m in control here. Really. I’m more powerful than you could ever imagine and though your problems seem enormous, they’re not too big for me.”

I need to remember that. My problems do seem enormous but to a God who simply spoke the earth into existence, who tames the sea, who directs the seasons, who holds up the sun and moon and stars, it’s under control.

I ask questions, yes, but I don’t expect answers. My answer is to look around at God’s handiwork and see Him. That gives me peace enough that He’s on the throne and no problem I have is too big for Him.

I share in Job’s conclusion when he said in chapter 42:5 My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you.

I see the oncologist today and I do have some questions for him that I want answers to. He’s a great doctor but his handiwork isn’t enough to awe me into reverent silence.

Oh, by the way, thanks to everyone who’s been leaving comments. I always enjoy opening my inbox and seeing there’s another comment for me. And thanks to those who commented yesterday for the first time. Keep ’em coming!

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About mikedellosso

Mike Dellosso is an author of wide-eyed suspense. He writes stories that not only entertain but enlighten.

Posted on November 6, 2008, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Hello! I’m new here having caught your interview on another site just the other day. So far, I like what I see so I think I’ll follow along.I’ve also got a book idea in the back of my mind that touches on some of the themes you’ve layed out here. So, keep up the good work!I’m also sorry to hear about your cancer struggles. I trust you’ll keep us informed. In me, at any rate, you will find a listening ear whenever you feel the need to post.

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  2. Mike – Once again, you have challenged and encouraged. I think the “looking for answers” mindset is one thing I trip up on often. I just want to understand my circumstances. But when I stop and realize that God is ordering each step, I don’t have to worry about it whether I understand it or not. God does!I just need to stay in the word and keep trusting Him day by day.Kim

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  3. Susan J. Reinhardt

    Hi Mike -During the difficult times, I was asking the “why” question without realizing it. Oh, I didn’t say it out of my mouth, but I was mad. One day, a preacher said something that connected and set me free. Things just happen. We live in a fallen world where sickness and death abound. Scripture says that the last enemy to be defeated will be death. I look forward to that time.Until then, I’ll leave the fruitless “why” questions alone. When I’m wrapped up in the “whys,” I’m not being “wise.”Blessings,Susan 🙂

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