In Luke chapter 1 we read about Zechariah questioning the angel Gabriel when he was told that he and his wife would have a son. Because of his unbelief he was made deaf and mute until the birth of his child. My first reaction was, “Well of course! He didn’t believe!” And then I started thinking about Mary, when she was told that she would bear the Christ-child. She asked how, and was commended for her faith. Abraham asked how when he was told that he and Isaac would have a child, and was commended for his faith. So, how is it that some people are commended for faith while others are punished for their lack of belief.
I have thought a lot about this question this week. I am a question kind of gal. I love to have information. My closest friends will tell you that I drive them crazy with asking questions. But there are two ways to ask a question, and it all comes down to your heart. We can ask a question like Mary did: Really? Wow! God, you are so good! How is this going to happen? It doesn’t quite make sense to me, but I trust You, so tell me more! Or we can ask a question like Zechariah did: Um, God, seriously? That isn’t possible! Do You know the obstacles You’re up against?
When we ask questions, either to friends and loved ones or to our God, do we have a heart of faith and excitement, and just want to be in on the know of how it is going to work out? Or do we have a heart that thinks we know better, and clearly they are forgetting something. Challenging!