Three year olds have wonderful, inquisitive minds that are always on. They are exploring new words and new worlds every day, and they explore their words and worlds through a series of questions. What is this? What does this do? Why? These are just a few of the many questions that come out. As we grow older, we still have questions. Often the questions are more complex and answers like, “Because I said so,” do not apply.
Here’s the thing about questions – If you ask the wrong question, you will get the wrong answer, or you may get the right answer to the question asked, but because it was the wrong question it is still the wrong answer for you or your situation. Asking the right question is key to discovering the right answers.
For instance, asking God in our prayers, “God what is it you want me to do?” is a great question. But it is the wrong question to begin with. I can hear you saying it already, “Now just wait a minute. I was always told to seek God first.” Yes, but… you and I were created in the image of God to fulfill His will in this world. If that is true, the best question to begin with is, “God, what is your will in this time and this place?” Once we know the answer to that, our question, “God what do you want me to do with my life to fulfill that good and perfect will?” becomes a much better question. Even our prayer time could be framed this way. Instead of beginning with the prayers we want answered, consider beginning with, “God, what should I be praying for (it’s that whole, Thy will be done thing)?”
This way of framing our questions when we come to God or when we come to faith opens us up to every possibility that God has rather than our limited sight or scope of mind. It opens us up to the fullness of our situation rather than just the pieces that we are already aware of. It frees us from our own sense of already knowing what we want to do or what we think should be done or think should be true.
This will require a different approach to life for many of us. It will require slowing things down a bit and being patient to seek the Lord and wait for His reply. We are more accustomed to people saying to us, “Don’t just stand there, do something.” Henry Blackaby reminds us that often in our faith journey we are called to “Don’t just do something, stand there.” In our being in God’s presence and God’s Word, waiting for Him to be revealed, we discover the Spirit and the fullness of all that God has for us.
Next time questions come about life, faith, work, or relationships, make sure you are asking the right questions and not just the ones you want answers to.
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