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Questions and Doubts

August 23rd, 2018

Questions Are Inevitable. Doubts Are Avoidable.

“All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God knows me now. 1 Corinthians 13:12 NLT.

My thoughts and comments today are about,

“Questions and Doubts.”

To any honest heart, there are times and occasions in life that produce questions. With our limited perspective and imperfect knowledge, many times and many things don’t appear to make sense at the moment. Times and things introduce uncertainty. At one time or another, everyone has questions. If you haven’t, you either have not lived long enough or faced anything tough enough if life has not made you ask why on occasion.

Maybe you have felt guilty and swallowed your questions rather than ask them. Know this. God is not threatened by your questions nor surprised by your bewilderment. In the agony of the Cross, Jesus cried out to His Father, “My God, why have You forsaken Me?” His words came from the depths of His humanity. He had questions, but He did not yield to doubt. Before Jesus breathed His last breath on that cross, He turned His face toward the future and His Father, and said, “Father, I entrust my spirit into Your hands. And with those words Jesus breathed His last.” Luke 23:46 NLT. His final words were faith- filled.

Whatever the circumstances of my life or death, I choose to submit my feelings and fears to truth and trust. If Jesus can find peace and faith in such a moment as He faced, He will empower you and me to do so as well. Preparing for the cross as Jesus prayed to His Father, His future was secured by His words, “Nevertheless, not My will, but Yours be done!” Jesus had questions, but He did not succumb to doubt.

Questions are inevitable. Questions can play a vital role in learning. Questions push you beyond the known and understood to what has not been previously considered. Great discoveries and advances in technology advances have happened because someone asked questions no one else bothered to ask. A person does not have faith because they have no questions. If you had no questions, why would you need faith? Faith looks at the hardest questions, and though often without answers, simply trusts God’s love, wisdom, and sufficient grace.

You may struggle to resolve your questions. But you must choose to deal with your doubts. You can be without doubts while wrestling with the toughest questions, maybe even unanswerable ones. Paul did not say that was easy to do, but he does show that it is possible to do. Read the context of today’s verse. “None of these things move me.” Acts 20:24. Paul knew he was facing, “jail and suffering.” Read Acts 20:22-23 NKJ and 21:10-14 NIV. For any thinking person, that would raise some unsettling questions. I would expect Paul had questions about that. I would; you likely would as well.

When you are uncertain, and questions trouble your mind and rob your peace, concentrate on what is certain and unchanging and rest your questions there. That place is the Word and character of God. When there seems too much that you do not know, be sure of what you do know. Paul wrote, “Now we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when that which is complete comes, what is partial will be done away  . . now I know partially, then I will know fully just as I am fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:9-13 NIV. Dwell on what you know. Deal with what you don’t. Rest in what God says.

What leaves more unanswered questions than death, and resurrection? After Paul’s expansive defense of the Resurrection, he summarizes this way, “Therefore, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58. Those admirable character qualities – “steadfast, immovable, and always abounding” –  evidence a mature Christian who has asked their questions and chosen to move beyond their doubts to rest peacefully in God and His character and Word.

Even when there are serious questions, you can still live and trust with no doubts about God. Paul is a prime example. From prison, he wrote to young Timothy, “I am suffering here in prison . . but I know the One in whom I trust, and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until the day of His return.” 2 Timothy 1:12 NLT.

Today, I pray you will submit your questions and surrender your doubts to God.

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Vital Questions

February 13th, 2015

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31 NIV.

Where God has clearly spoken in His Word there should be no question.

EDL - questions My thoughts and comments today are about “vital questions.”

Life generates questions. Many uncertainties arise from situations more  imposed than chosen. Asking, “Why?” is usually futile. “What now?” is more useful. Learn how to deal with inevitable questions. The answer to some will be obvious; others puzzling, even apparently without answer. A few questions can and should be dismissed as mere curiosity, an unprofitable expenditure of thought and time. Most questions are challenging, demanding thought and adjusting earlier assumptions. Others can be answered through wisdom gleaned from life experience, thoughtful consideration, or wise counsel.

Questions can and should be a gate to knowledge. Curiosity can either distract or direct you; choose the latter. Sometimes, I consider, “Is this question mine to answer, or for someone else to answer, or a question left for another time?” The right questions can be very helpful, opening new areas of consideration and discovery. The right question will direct you to the best answer. Questions should bring you to the truth found in God’s Word. God has, and is, the answer to all of your enquiries.

Among the trivial questions you are prone to ask, there are vital questions which need to be asked. Such questions demand an answer, such as when Job struggled to understand, “If a man dies, shall he live again?” Job 14:14. That honest query may be at the root of all truth. “And as it is appointed unto men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many.” Hebrews 9:27-28. Nothing about life will be sure or secure unless and until you live every day in the reality of eternal life.

Jesus asked these vital, heart-probing questions, “For what profit is it to a man, if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:26. No one is wise, nor has learned how to live, nor discovered what is most valued in life until trusting their life now and eternally to Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. This is a vital question, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” Hebrews 2:3. God’s Word says, ”Nor is there salvation in any other [than Christ]: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12.

Paul asked and answered vital questions with eternal truth he found in God’s character and faithfulness, “If God is for us, who can be against us? . . Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” Romans 8:31/35/37-39 NIV. The answer that secures the soul and provides absolute confidence is this: no one or nothing can either prevail against you or distance you from God’s mighty power and love. When anything or even when it seems everything else is uncertain, of that truth let there be no question.

Where God has clearly spoken in His Word there should be no question. “Now we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, then the partial will be done away . . then I shall know fully. But now abides faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:9-13. Read that again; “Now we know [though only] in part.” That is the reality. Focus on the Word of God which you know and the character of God which is unchanging. Meanwhile, God’s offer is, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV. Some things just need to be trusted to God’s sovereign and exceeding wisdom and grace. Answer what you can; bring to Jesus what you cannot; walk in faith while doing either.

Today, my prayer for you is that you are certain that every answer is found in Jesus Christ.

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