Having reached the mature age of 4, my niece has gained a new level of inquisitiveness. “Why?” and “What?” have become her two favorite questions in conversation. While she has supplied me with many laughs, what continually amazes me is the intellectual depth her little mind is capable of producing. In the past few weeks she has asked the following questions:
“Why doesn’t God feed all the children?”
“Does Jesus ever get tired?”
“Why can’t I see Jesus?”
“If God is Jesus’ Daddy, then how is Jesus God?” (my paraphrase)
“What does God look like?”
I marvel at her insight and am often stumped at how to answer her. How do you explain the problem of evil, the nature of the Trinity, or where Jesus is to a child? How do you explain it to an adult, for that matter?! For in reality, the questions we ask at 4 are the same questions we ask at 34. We just spruce them up with more “adult-like” language:
“Why would a good God allow suffering?”
“How can you believe there is 1 God in 3 persons?”
“Is there proof God exists?”
No matter our age and religious beliefs, we seem hardwired to ask questions about God. Even renowned Atheist Richard Dawkins has devoted his time and attention to answering questions about the Deity he discredits. In fact, throughout history humanity has asked questions and sought answers about God, His existence and character.
Having learned a lesson from my niece, this causes me to ask, “Why?” Why are we constantly asking questions about who, what, or if God exists? Could it be that we’re hardwired to ask questions about God’s existence and character because He does exist? What if our questions themselves are part of the answer, a tangible evidence of God inviting us to discover the answers we seek?
The writer of Ecclesiastes tells us that God “has put eternity into man’s heart.” And Paul informs us in his letter to the Romans,
“For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, having been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.”
If the God the Bible describes exists and wants us to know Him, it stands to reason He would build in us that desire, causing us to ask questions about who He is and what He is like. This is exactly what we see, both on the pages of history and the pages of our own stories. Maybe the questions my niece is asking aren’t so surprising after all. Maybe they’re simply the fingerprints of the God who created her for Himself. Maybe her questions, and ours, about God find their answers in God.
You are Yourself the answer. Before Your face questions die away. What other answer would suffice?