BY REV. DORAL PULLEY
Scripture Reference – Matthew 27:46
Many of us have been taught, “Don’t question God.” We’ve been told adages like “God is too wise to make a mistake so, don’t question just trust him.” Jesus Christ manifested a diﬀerent reality and relationship with God. He questioned God. At Calvary, he demonstrated true spiritual maturity, not by answering questions of his persecutors, but by asking God the question, why? “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?”
Through his example, Jesus Christ gives us permission to question God, to question ourselves and to question others. Even though he knew the truth, he allowed his mind to go through the process of asking and answering the question, why? It is the Spirit who knows but the mind who questions (Matthew 26:41). In order to be whole, we must embrace all parts of ourselves (spirit, soul and body).
It’s alright to ask God questions. “If any person lacks wisdom let him ask God who gives to all liberally… (James 1:5).” Questioning does not bring distance between us and God; it actually gives our relationship with God more authenticity. Questioning does not show a lack of spiritual growth; it really is evidence of holistic development.
In 2018, it is time for us to go beyond the surface and reach another level of depth in all of our relationships. Asking questions is one way develop another dimension of closeness in our interactions.
Rev. Doral Pulley is the senior pastor of Unity Temple of Truth Church, 511 Prescott St. S, St. Petersburg.