An Interview with God

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Thursday, March 07, 2019

Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. Job 38:1-3

I saw a movie yesterday called: “An Interview with God” in which a reporter at the Herald is granted an interview with a man who claimed to be God. The reporter was granted three opportunities to ask God any question. The first question he asked is: why do bad things happen to good people. God responded, why shouldn’t bad things happen to good people? The reporter wanted to know why God hasn’t stopped all the suffering in the world. God told him the only way to do that is by taking away our free will. He gave us the will and the power to do the good. We have to use our free will to make the world a better place and not wait for God to solve the problems that we created.

I have since been thinking about what questions I would ask God if I could interview him. I think I would want to know about the afterlife. I would ask him why he allowed humanity to fall into sin. More pertinently, I would ask him how I can stop the division that exists between different races. I would assuredly ask him how to end hunger and poverty in the world.

The reporter asked many questions about salvation and its meaning. I certainly would want God to give me the talking point for sharing the gospel so that more people would accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. I would also ask about the best way to get the Church of Jesus Christ to be more impactful so that it can return to its position as the moral consciousness of society.

In today’s text, God invites Job to have an interview with him. Job had been complaining and making many salacious statements about God following the death of his children and the loss of his riches. And now God wants to ask Job some questions. By the end of the conversation, Job came to term with his shortsightedness and repented for his imprudence in blaming God for his suffering.

Job was forgiven by God, and the Lord gave him back more than that which he lost before. What would you ask God if you can have a conversation with him? The good news is that we have the opportunity to talk to God every day through prayer and meditation. After the movie, the Lord reminded me that I speak to him every day; so why don’t I ask him those questions. Today, I’m going to take a piece of paper and write my questions to God. I will pray over them and put them in my Bible and wait for my answers.

In the movie, God told the reporter that faith is not the destination, but the journey. We have to invite God in our pain and share our joy with him. And believe that he is an omnipresent reality that is seeking to reveal himself to his children. Then we have to open our spiritual eyes and ears so we can see him and hear his voice as he answers our questions.

I woke up Tuesday morning with the news that my aunt died in New Jersey. And since I was already dealing with some existential and theological issues, I began to feel like Job. I wrestled with many questions and felt dejected throughout the day. Then, the Lord sent two saints to pray with me that night. That prayer lifted my spirit and gave me spiritual comfort. Then on Wednesday, I somehow found the movie on Netflix. I have since been hearing the voice of God speaking to my spirit and helping me to deal with the issues that vexed me on Tuesday.

In the movie, the reporter asked God about the devil and why the devil is so powerful. God told the reporter the devil is overrated. It is us who make him so powerful. He feeds on our fears, shame, and guilt. The more we think the devil can do and is doing, the stronger he appears to us. We have to stop feeding the beast, then the beast will not be as strong as we assume. James said it this way, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

I am going to set aside one hour today to have an interview with God. I am going to read all my questions to him and then meditate and pray for one hour so I can hear from the Lord. I may not get all my answers, but I want to set the atmosphere for the Lord and me to interview each other. May I recommend you do the same! You may be surprised at the outcome.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, may you continue to reveal your presence to us and help us to find comfort in you in our times of grief.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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