The Comfort in Unanswered Questions

Posted by | October 19, 2016 | For Pastors, Personal Life | No Comments
Puzzle with a missing piece

We all have questions. Asking questions is the greatest way to learn. Sometimes questions are asked, and are legitimate questions, that have no answers. This is especially troubling for those of us who are followers of Christ.  Then to raise the bar even higher on unanswered questions, those of us who serve in ministry are looked upon as “Paid Question” answerers. To not have answers to questions is just plain unsettling to most “Question Askers.” What would be even more alarming is if those “Question Askers” knew their paid question answerers have their own unanswered questions.

Though we would never verbalize it, we think God owes us answers to our questions.

After all, as pastors, we should have answers from Him. When God doesn’t come through with answers, we begin to question our relationship with Him, or even question the core foundation of our faith.

When I am asked the question by others, or when I ask myself, “Why me?, the anchor I hold on to is the golden nugget to unanswered questions found in II Corinthians 1:3-4: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”

I may not have answers to the “Why me?” question, but I can have comfort from the God of all comfort.

When I have His comfort, it relieves me of the pressing need to know why. Then out of that comfort, I get to share with other “Question Askers” who have no answers the source of my comfort in having my unanswered questions unanswered.

Maybe that is the very reason my question went unanswered.

About Ron Cook

Ron and his wife Rodetta have been married 39 years. They have actively served the Lord together in ministry during the entire time and are co-founders of Care for Pastors. Ron ministers to hundreds of pastors annually through mentorship, counseling and by phone. He has been a Pastor for 39 years and understands the stress of ministry, and wants to share his longevity in ministry with other pastors and help them finish well.

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