Recently Ruth brought up the impact that doubt has on our relationship with God.  If God is indeed sovereign, Ruth asked, who are we to doubt?

We are His children plain and simple.  That means that we are His with all of our questions and our worries and our inability to see the big picture.

Several weeks ago, I wrote about the reader’s theater our choir performed for Maundy Thursday.  The characters ranged from Mary to Martha to Saul and more.  Each of them questioned the role that they played in Christ’s ministry and Resurrection.  One of the central characters, and perhaps my new favorite, was Thomas.  You most likely know him as Doubting Thomas. As depicted in this play, Thomas wasn’t doubtful because his faith was weak.  Thomas was the kind of guy who looks at any given situation and sees the possibilities, the ‘what ifs,’ the ‘maybes.’ “But if this happens, then what about that?”

Did Christ put Thomas aside because of these questions?  Of course not.  Not only did Christ call Thomas to be one of his followers, he called him to be one of the Twelve, the Inner Circle.

But Thomas isn’t the only one who asked Christ questions.  Christ also called the children.

Matthew 19:14  Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

If you’ve ever spent any time with children you can’t overlook one trait in particular. Children question everything.  Why? Why? Why?

I don’t think that Christ would have called the children to Him if this was an issue because you know He was getting an earful.  “How?” “Why?” “Why not?”

Children ask questions as they explore and learn about the world around them.  Adults who ask questions are doing much the same thing.

Christ called Thomas.  Thomas who had his doubts and voiced his questions, but he also paid attention to the answers.  We know this because he recognized Christ.  He wasn’t the first and he did demand answers, but he also paid attention when these answers came.

Doubting and questioning God can handle.  Just be sure that you are ready for the answers when they come.

–SueBE

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