The Question? Game
“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
Have you ever played the “question” game? You know, the one where someone thinks of a noun (person, place, or thing) and your opponents have a limited amount of guesses to figure out what you are thinking of. It can be fun, but also very frustrating. Especially for someone who is competitive. Why do we ask questions? Obviously, it’s to gain knowledge we didn’t have before. We probably don’t even realize how many questions we ask a day. I looked it up and from a quick google search, it showed me that each article varied from the answers. Children are going to be asking more (let’s not even start with the “but why” questions), teens not as many, and adults are asking even less!
Sometimes my husband and I will look up questions to ask each other on long car rides. We used to do it more often when we were dating, but now the questions spark up memories we have with each other. We would ask questions to get to know each other, to get a sneak peek into the other person’s childhood memories and to learn silly things about each other that we might not have known before or had the chance to find out. Do these questions make us wiser? Not really, but we become more knowledgeable about each other. And if the time comes where someone needs to know which scar my husband hates the most, I can tell you!
Wisdom comes from the questions we ask and the experiences we have. It’s commonly known that the older you are, the wiser you are. I don’t completely agree with that comment, solely because wisdom doesn’t come at a certain age. The scripture in James 1:5 tells us that “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”. Now, it won’t happen overnight. I do believe that we will be given opportunities and new experiences to ask questions that help us expand our knowledge of a topic. Just like if we are in a classroom and someone is teaching us a new subject to learn, we ask questions to learn more about what we will be doing. Now, this part depends on the individual, if they WANT to gain more knowledge and have wisdom over a topic, they will put the effort in. Not everyone cares enough about certain topics. We all have different lives, different experiences, different trials, and that’s what makes us unique. If we all knew the same things then there would be no reason for us to ask questions, right?
So with the understanding that asking questions is okay and encouraged, why do we shy away from them when it comes to the Bible and church? I want you to think about the questions you have. Maybe they are easy ones, maybe they are more in-depth, but I want you to ASK! Have those conversations, respectfully, with your friends and trusted mentors. Ask those questions with your family and spark conversations that we need to be having with our kids. Don’t be afraid to admit that you do not know the answers either, because that’s okay. This is an opportunity to do the research yourself and gain more knowledge over whatever topic it is.
Step outside of your comfort zone and dig deeper into a relationship with Christ. We will never have a deep understanding of who Christ is if we do not take the time to ask the questions and get to know Him.
Pray: Dear heavenly Father, grant me wisdom to follow Your will for my life. Thank you for Your Son, Jesus, sacrificing His life for our sins. I pray that throughout my day, I see clearly the opportunities you provide me to grow and learn from You. I pray that I glorify Your name in every conversation that I have.
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