Saturday, April 19, 2014

Questions #atozchallenge

King David in Prayer
King David in Prayer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 139:23-24

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           Questions can be the beginning of belief and stronger faith.  Questions can likewise be the beginning of doubt and unbelief.    Our quest for knowledge and understanding is normal.  God gave us minds to use for our betterment and not just empty vessels to be filled with data.   We are supposed to think.  Thinking often calls for asking questions.

            David asked many questions. Some of David's questions were bold inquiries concerning the state of his life and the world around him.   Other questions were contemplative searches for more knowledge and wisdom.  When we are pursuing any education we are expected to ask questions.   The questions we ask are doorways to greater knowledge which encourages us to do more research and ask more questions.  The person who stops being curious about the universe and life is a person who has become intellectually stale and lifeless.

            Non-believers like to ask questions intended to shake our faith and refute the scripture and the existence of God.   If we have not armed ourselves against such attacks then we strengthen the enemy and make ourselves look foolish.   We should expect to have our faith under attack even if it never is.  Readiness will instill confidence and in the end might win souls.

            Don't be caught off guard by those who question you and what you believe.  Keep learning as much as you can.   Always ask questions and seek the answers to those questions.

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

James 1:5

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  1. Good advice, Arlee. And when we don't know the answer to a question someone raises about our faith, we need to say, "I don't know, but I will find out and get back to you." And then follow through.

  2. Great thoughts; I would also add sometimes we might not know the answer to a question and I think it is okay to say "I don't know why God chooses to do this or that, but that is why He is sovereign and God and I am not." But I do agree with Pam; if we can find out the answer we should do our best to do so.

    Happy Easter!

    He is risen!



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