Do you have any idea what you are asking?
It was just after three-thirty in the morning as I thrust the phone into the hand of a neighbor at the door. Wild as it may seem, I had never met these neighbors before, but suddenly they were there, helping me answer what seemed at the time to be the hardest questions of my life. “Where do you live? What is your address?”
Thanks to these two precious neighbors, within minutes, there were policemen, EMT’s, firemen, and I don’t even know who else, all coming in and out of my front door. Questions. Questions. Questions. Everyone had a different question that pressed on me and seemed to require an immediate answer.
My heart was breaking; my head was swimming. Until the moment when a thought became clear in the chaos: Peace, be still, and ask the Lord.
Recalling now both the questioning and the peace that supernaturally came upon me, I am reminded of the song lyrics by Chris Tomlin¹ introduced to me in the Christian Music Challenge²
Well I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide
But I know we’re all searching for answers only you provide
‘Cause you know just what we need before we say a word
You’re a Good, Good Father ³
I said aloud, “Tell me the answers, Lord. What do I do next? Give me wisdom for all these questions.” And so it was that He and I walked through round one of a season when it seemed that everything in life brought more questions. (If only the questions had remained as easy as “What is your address?”)
We are not alone in this questioning. The disciples in the Bible experienced this in various ways, some because of the death of loved ones, some because of job or career changes, and some simply because of their chosen relationship with Jesus. The Bible also gives us example of questions from parents, like the mother of James and John, as their children were leaving home to follow Jesus:
It was about that time that the mother of the Zebedee brothers came with her two sons and knelt before Jesus with a request.
“What do you want?” Jesus asked.
She said, “Give your word that these two sons of mine will be awarded the highest places of honor in your kingdom, one at your right hand, one at your left hand.”
Jesus responded, “You have no idea what you’re asking.”
It is interesting to me that Jesus was constantly asking questions to his disciples to which he already knew the answers! Yes, Jesus knew they had questions like we have questions.
Have you been asking Him “What?” “How?” “Who?” Or the biggies: “Why?” “Why not?” Or, “When, God? When?”
Rejoice in your hope, be patient in your troubles, and continue steadfastly in prayer.
So what should we do with the questions? In her video “From Cast Down to Ecstatic Joy,” Part 2,4 Beth Moore gives the most real and refreshing look at asking God questions when our soul is downcast. You can click here to watch it, but my favorite statement in the video is when Beth passionately shares,
“There is a question God really wants you to ask Him that
He is full on ready to answer for you,
and He is trying to get you to it!”
I love that He is continually drawing me, us, into an intimate conversation with Himself.
I can tell you without hesitation is that God is faithful. He helped me that morning (and every moment since) with both the best answers for what was required immediately and the peace to identify which decisions I should delay. He never withheld a single answer, but He has often prompted me to ask a different question!
For it is not your strength, but it is God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose for His good pleasure.
We might not readily see the answer to every ‘what,’ ‘how’, and ‘why.’ But time has proven out what Love assured me: I do not have to see all the answers all the time because I know the One who sees and knows the perfect path. And I trust Him. And He promises… you can trust Him too.
And we are sure of this, that He will listen to us whenever we ask Him for anything in line with His will. And if we really know He is listening when we talk to Him and make our requests, then
we can be sure that He will answer us.
1 Zealand Worship. Retrieved from Zealand Worship website zealandworship.com/
2 Christian Music Challenge 2.0, Retrieved from Joyful Times Today website, https://www.joyfultimestoday.com/day-13-christian-music-challenge-2-0-2/
3 Tomlin, Chris. “Good Good Father (Live)” Lyrics. (2015) Retrieved from AZ Lyrics website http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/christomlin/goodgoodfather.html
4 Beth Moore. “From Cast Down to Ecstatic Joy, Part 2”. (2013) Retrieved from Life Today website http://lifetoday.org/video/from-cast-down-to-ecstatic-joy-part-2/
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