Later, in John 14:22, it says, “Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou will manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?” This is the third question, but the questioner wasn’t rebuked this time. The Lord simply explained it. There was a difference in the intent of the question. Two of the questioners had said, “Lord, you’re wrong. How could that be?” Although phrased as questions, they were still motivated out of unbelief. It was rebellion, opposition to what God had said.
The third question, asked by Judas, was simply, “Lord, I don’t disbelieve you, but how will you do this?” It was for information. Those kinds of questions are good. When you have a crisis, questions usually come fast. What’s happening? Why is it happening? What will the outcome be?
You must make sure you never question the integrity of God’s Word, God’s faithfulness to you, or the things God has spoken to you. God has said He will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5). So don’t ask, “God, where are you?” That’s unbelief. You aren’t going to get a positive response from God out of that. You’ll be rebuked. Similarly, the Bible says that only good and perfect gifts come from above (James 1:17) and that Satan is the one who brings problems (John 10:10).
So don’t say, “God, why did you do this?” or you’re headed for trouble. The Bible says Jesus became poor so we could become rich (2 Cor. 8:9). So don’t ask, “God, why am I poor?” That’s doubt and unbelief.
However, if you question it by saying, “God, what is going on? I know you’re faithful. I know your Word is truth. I know you’d never do anything wrong. Is there something I haven’t learned?”
If it’s that kind of question, for information, that’s positive. There is a godly type of questioning.