Drawing Closer to God, Book Review: Finding God in Questions

Everyone is looking for answers—about God, about our relationship with Him, about how to live a life of meaning and fulfillment. God’s Word has the answer to any question we could ever ask; sometimes those answers come in the form of questions. The Bible is full of questions asked by God, His followers, His enemies, seekers, Jesus, Satan, and even a donkey. In Drawing Closer to God: 365 Daily Meditations on Questions from Scripture, author Dianne Neal Matthews shows that even as we look for answers in the Bible, we’ll be finding God in questions.  (At the end of this review, see also a related video on this topic: Questioning God by Sam Burke.)

Some biblical questions express doubts and struggles that all of us wrestle with at some point, but we may be reluctant to verbalize them. David cried out, “Why are you so distant, Lord? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” (Psalms 10:1) Gideon asked an angel, “If the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?” (Judges 6:13)

Jesus used questions as a powerful teaching tool:

“Can any of you add an hour to your life by worrying?” (Luke 12:25)

 

God uses questions to comfort us:

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14)

… and to convict us:

“Why do you call me Lord but don’t do what I tell you?” (Luke 6:46)

If we read carefully, we’ll see that God has already answered many of our questions before we think of them. Before Pilate asked the universal question, “What is truth?” (John 18:38), Jesus had already answered it earlier that evening: “Your words are truth.” (John 17:17)

Carolyn R Scheidies of Author’s Choice Reviews appreciates the practical nature of the devotions. She writes,“Matthews takes the question she poses from the daily portion of scripture to be read for the day and melds explaining the Scripture with application for today. The devotionals flow from Scripture to the challenges and situations we face today.”

Each meditation in Drawing Closer to God ends with either a question for readers to ask themselves (self-reflection) or a question to ask God (prayer focus). Amazon reviewer M. Hausam agrees that this approach encourages readers to apply the concepts to daily life: “I like the way she encourages the readers as she guides them through the questions. The real-life examples she gives aids in seeking the Biblical truths and applying them in our own lives.”

In her introduction, Matthews notes that writing the book strengthened her conviction that “God is never offended by honest questions”. She also hopes that readers will be finding God in those questions. “Since our human understanding is limited, there are some things we’ll never fully understand during our earthly life. But we can know the One who is the answer to all our questions. I hope these meditations will encourage you as you draw closer to him.”

Here’s an interesting related video, Questioning God by Sam Burke:

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