Day 215: Assurance and Questions (Psalm 70-72; Romans 4)

In Romans 4, I look at the life of Abraham and wonder what his conversations with God sounded like in the years between the promises made and the promises fulfilled. Verses 20-21 say that Abraham did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what he had promised he was also able to perform. The requirement of unwavering faith is as daunting as it is comforting. In it, we are free from striving to win God’s approval by our own efforts. But also in it, we are called to accept unseen truth and to wait for promises.

Does assurance preclude questions? Or, are questions a sure sign of uncertainty? Is acceptance of truth a smooth an easy process? I don’t think so. The uncertainty that is being frowned upon in Romans 4 is in regards to God keeping his promises. In other words, it’s doubt of His character.

Questions about particular things are not wrong to be brought before God. You don’t have to get the right answers to your own questions before you approach him in prayer. You can fully know that all things work together for good, and acknowledge the pain you’re in at the same time. You can believe that God fulfills His promise to never leave or forsake His children, and still experience loneliness and fear. We aren’t homogenously good Christians. We struggle and are conflicted.

Repression of questions only breeds more anxiety and unhappiness. But openly bringing our questions and doubts to God is an act of trust in Him. The thing here is to not be entitled to answers, but instead to delight in the way that you can approach your God through Christ’s righteousness.

 

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