Now 7 years old, my son has always thought way outside of the box. Testing his boundaries, he's quickly realizing that while we want him to ask tough questions, not everything we say is up for discussion.

It's not an easy lesson to learn, for him or for us. How often do we appear like 7-year-olds to God? Inquisitive, we long to know more. But that same questioning nature that pushes us to search out the mystery of His ways (Proverbs 25:2) can bring us into conflict with His sovereignty. Like a child, we must learn to live with both wonder and trust.

Few of us question the answers God gives when we're experiencing prosperity and blessing. In heartache and trial, however, the questions tumble over one another and usually resist being neatly tucked away. Later, when we're met with seeming silence from heaven, we become self-righteous, bold, even defiant. All the while, God remains sovereign and completely trustworthy.

Like us, Job couldn't see past the natural world. How interesting that God used nature to remind Job of His absolute power and authority over all things. From Job's experience, we see: • God is patient with our questions; He too has known suffering (Matthew 26:39; 1 Peter 2:21). • God's love for us is greater than any trial we may face (Psalm 31:7; Romans 8:35-39). • God is more interested in our knowing Him than in our simply getting answers (Psalm 27:8; Jeremiah 9:23-24). Our questions don't keep us from God, but our surrender brings us closer to Him. , Regina Franklin

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