Faith Believes, Nor Questions How?

This morning a hymn I chose wasn’t singable/playable, so the organist and I chose a different one instead. We chose ‘Alleluia Sing to Jesus‘. I haven’t sung this in a while, but I finally noticed verse 2:

Alleluia! not as orphans are we left in sorrow now;
Alleluia! He is near us, faith believes, nor questions how;
Though the cloud from sight received Him when the forty days were o’er
Shall our hearts forget His promise, “I am with you evermore”?

I was a little caught off guard by the thought that questioning seems out if faith believes. So, what is this song trying to say? Is this saying we should have a simple blind faith or is it trying in poetic form to say that how God is near us remains a mystery?

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4 thoughts on “Faith Believes, Nor Questions How?

  1. It’s funny, I’ve always taken that line to mean something more like “We don’t need to get caught up in the details of trying to explain Jesus’ resurrection and ascension”.

    To me “You don’t need to question how” is quite different from “You don’t need to ask questions”.

    But I could be wrong in my interpretation of the hymn! Interpretation is like that!

  2. Pam, you may be right! I was wondering if any one else had thought through that line. Even if the author doesn’t mean what you say, I think I can sing it without much problem with that explanation in mind.

    I think your answer does square more with my thoughts on is he trying to say poetically ‘it’s a mystery’!

  3. You are right there, Pam – I have been around communities where questioning was strictly forbidden. High school and college seemed to have a number of those, but thankfully there were enough that wanted to question to push the issue.

    Just as a matter of interest, have you sung this song in the US since you have been back? I don’t remember hearing it until I came here (then again, I hadn’t heard of ‘And Can It Be’, either).

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