Questions for God

If you had one question that you would like God to answer what would that question be?    My hospice Social Worker posed this question to me this week and I must admit that I did not have an answer.   She did, and told me what her question would be .   I will respect her privacy and not reveal it,  but it was a good question.

I was reminded of a patient I had as a hospice chaplain.   This patient (who I will call “Chuck”) was experiencing the ravishes of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).   The disease had struck him at a young age in his late thirties’  and had moved rather quickly in his case.     He had lost all movement ability except his head and was confined to a nursing home.  He was bitter about his life.   On one of my visits I remember him saying “Chaplain,  when I die and see God, I have just one question I want to ask.   I asked him what his question would be and he replied with a single word:   WHY?

Like many people do, Chuck was blaming God for his disease.    How often people blame God for the bad things that happen to them but fail to thank God for the good things in their life!   I myself do not think that a God of love who wants relationship with his children would cause harm to them.  Instead I believe in a God who weeps with us when disease and harm befalls us and encourages us and is there giving us strength to deal with the pain that is our lot as humans beings.  And I think that scripture backs me up in both the Old and New Testaments that God is a God of love and forgiveness:

For example:Read Psalm 27 and 34.   Read Isaiah 35:3-10    Read Matthew 11:28-30    Read II Corinthians 4:16 -5:2.  Read Revelation 21:1-4

I haven’t decided what my question will be.   What is your question?   I would love for you to share it with me and with those who follow this blog.

 

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5 responses to “Questions for God

  1. Jeanette Carter

    I guess I have always had a different perspective than most regarding any questions I might ask God someday when we’re face-to-face. One of my favorites Bible verses says that eyes have not seen nor have ears heard what God has in store for those who love him. When I get one glimpse of the beauty of heaven as I’m transitioning, I believe the last thing on my mind will be any heartaches or sickness I faced on earth. Looking directly into the face of my Lord, and being surrounded by friends and loved ones who made the trip ahead of me, the hugs and laughter, the exhilarating joy, peace, every tear wiped away…NOTHING from this earth will matter one iota. There will be no ruminating on the past hurts and problems in this life–if there were, it simply would not be heaven. “How beautiful Heaven must be”, “It Will be worth it all”, “What a day that will be…”

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    • Thanks for putting this in a different perspective! I think you are right to think that all the hurts and questions about what happened to us on earth will be forgotten when we get to heaven. Thanks for your comment!

  2. Great blog Jim! My question is, ” What did I do to be so blessed?” I have a fantastic wife, three fine productive sons, an air-conditioned home ,adequate income, and a host of resourceful, caring, loving and forgiving relatives and friends.along with Parkinson’s. — Dick

  3. Great post, Pastor Jim.
    You are so right about us not thanking God for His blessings enough. I was diagnosed with ALS when I was 36, but I’ve never blamed God because I knew His character – God is good, God is love… He has only been good to me – Christ saved me from hell, what is ALS compared to that? My question is, why did you save a wretch like me?

    • Thank you for your comments. Your words mean a lot to me because I have always held you as a wonderful example to follow in dealing with what life deals me. Your upbeat attitude is one I admire greatly.

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