Questions for God (Newsletter 4-6)

Questions for God by Dan L. Cox

Romans 1 :18-20

A few week ago, a person in the church sent me some questions that kids would ask God if they could. Let me share a few of them with you.

Dear God: Do you know when I’m bad or good? Or is that just Santa Claus? David

Dear God: Is it hard for you to love all the people in the world? There are only 4 people in our family, and I can never do it. Nancy

Dear God: I went to this wedding, and they kissed right in front of the church! Is that ok?

Dear God: Why is Sunday school on Sunday? I thought it was supposed to be a day of rest.

Dear God: How can You hear our prayers when we all talk at once?

Dear God: Please send me a pony. I’ve never asked you for anything before. You can look it up! Bruce.

Dear God: Instead ofletting people die and having to make new ones, why don’t you just keep the ones you have? – Jane

These are all questions that kids have asked the Lord. But sometimes, kids come up with questions that are hard to answer. Like:

“How do I know you’re God? Why is there suf­fering in the world? Why are we alive? Why did you take my mommy away from me? Why did you let the Twin Towers in New York fall down? Will everything turn out alright in the end?”

I am sharing this thought with you because many of you have questions you’ve wanted to ask God? If you’ve ever had ques­tions for God you couldn’t answer, then this article is for you. The number one question that kids want to ask God is “How Do I know that God exists if! can’t see Him?” That’s the question I want to deal with now.

Maybe you’re thinking, “Why do I need this article? I passed this class already! I believe in God! How is this relevant to my life?”

First it’s relevant in several ways:

Num­ber one: You might have a son or daughter who doesn’t believe in God. Or a friend. Or a co-worker. Or a relative. Or maybe you know someone who just isn’t sure what they believe.

Number two: 1 Peter 3:15 says “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” There needs to be an added dimen­sion to your relationship with God. You need to be able to defend your faith and to share it with others.

Number three: If we search our own hearts, most of us have had moments when we’ve questioned if there was a God. Maybe you prayed fervently for a loved one to be healed. You cried out to God. You’ve asked for a miracle. But the person you loved died anyway. And you may have wondered to yourself, “Am I just talking to the four walls? Are my prayers not making it past the ceiling? Am I just wasting my time? It seems like either God doesn’t care. Or He doesn’t exist at all!”

As we look at the first seventeen verses of Romans 1, we see that Paul’s desire is for everyone to have faith in the Lord. He wants everyone on earth to accept the gospel of Jesus Christ.

And as we look at verses 18-19, we see that the problem is not that God hasn’t given us enough evidence. The problem is that man­kind has deliberately suppressed the evidence! Because deep down inside, people know that if God exists and the Bible is true, that they would have to stop sinning and hand over the leadership of their lives to Jesus Christ. And they don’t want to go that far’ People like being bad! They like pushing against the boundaries of God’s authority. And that’s why God is upset. How do I know that? Look at verses 18 and 19: “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.”

There is simply too much intelligent design in the universe to not believe that there is someone out there greater than ourselves. How many of you have seen pictures of Mount Rushmore. Maybe you’ve even been there.

That’s where the likenesses of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt are carved. Could you ever be convinced that this hap­pened by accident? Could you ever accept in your mind that this beautiful work of art came about by chance? No way!

“But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

(Hebrews 11:6)

Rev. Dan L. Cox is the Pastor of the United Pentecostal Church in Warsaw, Indiana, Presbyter of Section One, and Editor of the Indiana Apostolic Trumpet.

Indiana Apostolic Trumpet / March 2007