Heated Questions

Heated Questions

I am giving the current weather conditions and, I guess, Thee One who controls the climate, none other than the Almighty God, a heads up… As if he doesn’t already know my feelings. It is getting to the point where I may start complaining about the heat. I, the most Rev. B. Andrew Oliver, am a man of principle and one of my beliefs is: Never complain about the heat because January is coming! But it’s October and I am still wearing shorts and flip flops and although I tend to pack my “Bermoodas” away in December, I am growing weary with sweating on these refreshing ninety degree afternoons we have all been enjoying. I don’t think God is angry when I ask the following question, “Is ninety plus degrees on a daily basis necessary?”

We often think we are treading dangerous ground when we ask God questions. My belief, however, is: Who better to ask? He is the All knowing, All powerful, Creator of the Universe and I am, after all, just a weary, rather warm pilgrim passing through this world. I believe God can handle my questions, but he often does it in His time. The Psalm writers evidently felt the same way I do. They had some serious inquiries and God didn’t “nuke” them, nor did he jump to attention and say, “I’ll get right on that and give you an answer in a jiffy!”

Consider these examples: 
-Psalm 89:46…How long, O Lord? Will You hide Your face from me forever? How long will Your wrath burn like fire?
Psalm 42:3…Why have You rejected me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?
– Psalm 22:1…My God, My God, Why have You forsaken me? Why are You so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?

My weather concerns pale in comparison to these. We are reading the words of those who are hurting. They are really feeling the heat. They ask the questions and are permitted by our All powerful God to continue expressing their feelings and as they continue the Psalm, it usually ends with a word of trust in God and His wisdom.

Consider these examples:
– Psalm 89:52…Praise be to the Lord forever!
– Psalm 43:5…Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, My Savior and My God.
– Psalm 22:31… They will proclaim His Righteousness to a people yet unborn- for He has done it!

Any questions? He is the answer.

God bless,
Andy O.