It seems that God has selective hearing, at least when it comes to some of the questions his children ask.
I have never known him to answer any question that begins with the word “Why?” “God, why did this happen?” "Why didn't you do that?"
I’m getting tired of questions that don’t get answered, so I’m going to ask smarter questions.
There are two questions that show up in the the second chapter of Acts that seem to work pretty well.
In Acts 2:12, a crowd, amazed and perplexed, asked “What does this mean?” That led to a supernatural sermon by Peter-of-the-Foot-in-Mouth, where he answered that question remarkably well for “an uneducated fisherman.”
An hour later, in response to that sermon, they asked, “What shall we do?” (Acts 2:37). Peter answered with a spontaneous altar call and 5000 of them came to faith. I suspect they got their question answered real well.
I’m reminded of one more verse that’s critical for getting questions answered. John 7:17 says, “Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.” If we are not willing to commit to doing what God says – even before he answers the question – then it is far less likely that we will even get the answer to the question.
“Yes, Father. The answer is ‘Yes.’ Now what was the question?”