I got the call late one night. Ravi had been hit by a car and was in the hospital in Memphis. They did not expect him to live and they asked for our prayers. Ravi was a 4 year old kid just full on energy. His mom and dad loved Jesus- how could this happen? His grandfather had been walking with him down the road and Ravi pulled from his hand and darted in front of a car. His grandfather was a pastor- he loved Jesus- Why would God allow this? Ravi was only a kid and yet a few days later he died.
That was my first big “Why” for God. I was fairly new to the Christian faith and I thought if you followed Jesus He blessed you and took care of you. In my short time as a Christian- that had been my experience as well. I never really figured out the “why” and as life moved on I had more and more questions.
My first thought when I questioned God was, “Maybe I am not really a Christian- how could I have so many doubts.” I also wondered, “Is God mad at me when I ask the question why”? As I studied my Bible more I discovered there were a lot of men and women of faith that asked God “why”? King David asked the why question more than anyone- and the Bible says he was a man after God’s own heart. I have come to discover that God can handle all my “why’s” (and yours as well). In fact, I have also discovered that I must push through for an answer. Sometimes there is a reason why that is obvious but often I must make the choice (when I don’t understand why) to trust God’s heart when I don’t see His hand.
This Sunday we begin a series entitled, “God, I have a question… “. We will look to scripture to find answers to life experiences that often doesn’t make sense. Do you have questions? Do you have friends that have honest questions as well? Plan to attend and bring your friends as we take an honest look at real questions. Just to make sure we are addressing the real questions you have- we will give you opportunity to text in follow-up questions live during the service. Don’t stop with the question- look for an answer- plan to join us for “God, I have a question … This Sunday 9:30 or 11 at Sickles High School..