When Profound Questions Arise, for Whose Benefit Are They, and How Will We Answer?
When Adam and Eve hid in that parkland, God called, "Where are you?" Adam was afraid.
He and his wife thought they could hide from God.
You can run away.
You can live and behave as though God did not exist, but you cannot hide from Him.
Never try to run away from Almighty God.
To turn your back upon Almighty God and to run away is nothing other than sin.
Over these past years I have met many who have turned their back on God and His Holy Word, as we have it in the Bible, only to regret it a few years along the road.
One day, in the wilderness, God attracted the attention of Moses through a bush burning.
Moses tried to wriggle out of this call from God, to rescue two million people who had been slaves for many years.
God asked, "What is that in your hand?" It was a shepherd's staff, and as soon as Moses was told to throw it on the ground it became a snake.
When he reached out, to lift it by the tail, it turned back into a staff.
This was all for Moses' encouragement and reassurance.
The questions which come our way at times are invariably for our encouragement and reassurance.
A lawyer asked Jesus Christ, the Son of God, what he could do to inherit eternal life.
Jesus replied by asking two questions.
"What is written in the law? How do you read it?" The lawyer answered.
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbour as yourself.
" That's it.
That's all you have to do.
Now go and do it and you will live.
He had a bit of a struggle, because he was uncertain who his neighbour was, but Jesus clarified that with a simple but profound parable.
If we need explanation or clarification it is usually available.
Our task and role is to receive it and welcome it and embrace it and learn form it, and of course, obey it.
That may sound very obvious, but many have a real struggle over obeying what God has said and what Jesus Christ has revealed.
Jesus had a question when He met Saul of Tarsus outside Damascus.
"Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?" This is a reality which is happening in increasing measure all around our world in these present times.
Christians are being sorely and severely persecuted.
Be involved in these ministries and agencies which seek to ease and relieve the plight of those who are arrested and imprisoned for their faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God.
Are you? And, are you praying for this work and ministry and service, and are you giving to help those out in the front line? Whenever God asks you a question it is not for His benefit, but yours!