Under normal circumstances, question marks are an accepted part of life, describing situations which may be both positive and negative. None of us know all the answers, and it is precisely when we do not know an answer that we have questions. Asking questions because one is interested and proactively pursuing issues discovered through diligent investigation is a fantastic sign of preparation. Interviewers may be more impressed by an interviewee’s questions than by his or her answers if those questions demonstrate insight and diligent preparation. People who ask constructive and insightful questions demonstrate that they care, and that they are proactive. The right question never asked is often a bigger mistake than the wrong answer given.
On the other hand, foolish questions regarding issues which should have been known only demonstrate laziness and a lack of preparation. Most of us would be displeased if a cab driver taking us into an unknown city’s downtown area started asking us how to get to our hotel! Asking questions in a job interview which the job seeker should have known going in can easily be the kiss of death.
If questions are a part of life, and if they are at the very heart of what it means to be an imperfect human being on this earth and with respect to others along our life journey, they take a very different role with respect to our relationship with God.
Our relationship with God should not have any ? signs; it should be based on profound trust, faith, obedience, and dedication. While it is true that the various saints and mystics who interacted with Christ may have sometimes asked Him questions, the fact remains that the vast majority of us mere mortals have not had the opportunity to converse and interact with Christ directly, where such questions could arise.
Instead of asking God to give us something, we should tell Him how much we love Him, how much and why we want something, and then leave things in His Hands to decide in whatever way or form His Divine Providence and Will should prefer. Instead of asking God why something has happened to us, we should tell Him how much we love and trust Him to take us in the path most beneficial to our souls and our salvation. When we ask, we either doubt, protest, or request, which are all about us. Doubts demonstrate a lack of faith and trust in God’s Divine Will and Providence. Protests demonstrate a foolish insolence and defiance against that Will and Providence. Requests, while not wrong in an of themselves, often take on a consumerist tone, sliding into demands and selfish expectations, especially when the requests involve our needs, wants, and interests.
While none of us is perfect, and we all slip into the ? mode in our relationship with God from time to time, we should strive to reduce if not completely eliminate the ? factor in our relationship with God over our lifetimes. We must constantly control and dispel doubt in God’s Will and Plan since that is one of the devil’s greatest delights. We must never protest God’s plan for us, because to do so demonstrates a total lack of obedience, humility, and selfless abandonment to serving God. Notice how the Virgin Mary asked the angel Gabriel questions to clarify, to better understand, not to doubt, protest, or ask for anything for Herself. Her profound humility and obedience should inspire us. Finally, we should not so much ask God for things as place them on the table for God’s consideration, obediently and faithfully withdrawing that request when circumstances demonstrate a contrary disposition by God. Akin to this is accepting our losses and suffering as favors from God to fortify us against the threats of this world.
Rather than spewing ?????? at God, you should spray His Divine Throne with as many !!!!!!!!!!! as possible, praising His great love, mercy, and justice with unwavering dedication, trust, faith, and courage.
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