Go Ask God, Part 1
I remember a story about a wonderful saint in our church who has gone on to be with Jesus. Everyone in the church called her “Grandma Rose.” One day, someone asked her a question. She paused to think upon the question, then she said, “Go ask God!” What wisdom Grandma Rose possessed! Too many of us would come up with some kind of answer, even if it were the WRONG answer. Grandma Rose was wise enough to admit that even she didn’t have all the answers, and when she didn’t know the answer, she knew Who would have the answer!
Moses had a lot of questions for God. In Ex. 3:13 he was asking God what he should tell the Israelites that His name was. In the next verse, God told him to tell them that “I AM has sent me to you.” When God told Moses that he was going to be God’s spokesman to people, Moses came back with these reasons of why he couldn’t possibly be the servant to speak to the Israelites. In other words, he was questioning God’s wisdom in choosing him. – How many times have we made excuses for not doing what God was clearly telling us to do?
Once Moses spoke to Pharaoh and told him to let the people go, the workload of the Israelites drastically increased. Moses approaches God in Ex. 5:22-23 asking Him why He had brought this trouble upon the people. – I can picture Moses whining in this particular question. How many times do we go whining to God? In spite of this, as you read through the life of Moses, you can see that God used him mightily to fulfill His desire for the Israelites. God can even use us in spite of our own whining!
In Ex. 15:24, the people are grumbling to Moses about the bitter waters at Marah. Moses cries out to God. God told him to throw wood in the water (wood representing Christ), making the bitter waters sweet. In Ex. 32:9-10 God calls the Israelites a stiff-necked people, and He is ready to destroy them. Moses asks God another question, seeking God’s favor for the people. He reminds God of His promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Because of this, God relented and did not destroy the people. Maybe YOUR intercession on behalf of some people could cause God to change His mind on what He is going to allow into their lives.
In Ex. 33:16, Moses says, “What else will distinguish me and your people from all other people on the face of the earth?” (NIV) God answers him by telling him that He will go with them. He also tells Moses that He is pleased with him and knows him by name. – Let me remind you that God knows you by name. Even on those days when you feel utter despair creeping in, He still knows you by name, and His presence goes with you, just as His presence went with the Israelites.
In spite of the many questions that Moses had for God, God didn’t give up on Moses. In fact, they had an awesome and intimate relationship. When Moses died in Deut. 34:5-6, God was the one to bury him. In verse 10 of that same chapter, we see that there was never another prophet in Israel whom the Lord knew face to face. Sometimes I think we fear going to God and asking Him any of our questions. God is a loving, gracious, and compassionate God. We don’t need to fear asking Him questions. It doesn’t mean that we will get the answer for every question we have, but we just might get some answers that give us very clear insight.
Is II Sam. 5:19, we find David asking God if he should go and attack the Philistines. – How often do we think to ask Father God if we should go do “this or that?” Too many times, we just make our plans and ask God to bless them, without waiting to see if that is even His plan for us.
In II Sam. 12:16, we find David pleading for the life of the child who was conceived in his adultery with Bathsheba. I can imagine him asking God many questions during the time that he was pleading and fasting on behalf of the child. In spite of not receiving the answer that he so diligently sought, we find that David cleaned up, then went to the house of the Lord and worshiped. – Many times we may not receive the answers that we want. We need to remember that God’s ways are higher than our ways, and that His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. (Is. 55:8) Even if the answer isn’t what we may have desired, we need to remember that God always has our best interest at heart.
I have seen the above happen in my own life when I miscarried my first child. Although after eight years, I still have times when I am so saddened by the loss, and feel the emptiness, I can now say that I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything in this world. I have learned too much about my God through it. I have come to intimately know Him as my Comforter and my Shield. I have seen Him as the Healer of Broken Hearts. I have seen Him take my hard heart and soften it to be responsive to the pain and despair others are feeling.