Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wednesday's Outpourings: Ask the Hard Questions, Part II

"Asking the hard questions encourages a strong foundation and enables an aware mind."


How, you ask? 

The writer of Proverbs tell us:
 
"My child, listen to me and treasure my instructions. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight and understanding. Search for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God" (2:1-5)

Fear of the Lord? Knowledge of God? Yes, please!

When we actively seek out truth, asking the hard questions both about God and about ourselves, we gain the most treasured reward: knowing God more intimately. When we recognize that we are His beloved children, knowing God intimately spills over into an awareness of our own identities. 

Here are some applicable points from Proverbs chapter two:

Unawareness and apathy leads to:
Compromise and Indescretion (2:13, 2:18)
Wandering (2:15)
Striving and Disappointment (2:7,8)

Awareness and seeking leads to:
Focus and God-Confidence (2:1,2)
Direction, Purpose and Insight (2:20)
Righteousness and Fear of God (2:5,16)

The most important point: Our asking and seeking must start with God.  When we seek God's face and His truth, He blesses us with wisdom, knowledge and insight to navigate the roads of life.

So, ask the hard questions. What has God made me passionate about? What do I most value in my life? What areas is God challenging me to change? Which choice will most glorify Him? What is keeping me from pursuing God more fully? What doubts do I have, about myself and about God? Who am I, and why am I here?

Finally, seek out the people in your life whom you most deeply trust. Have them hear you out as you ask some of these questions. Accountability keeps us on the "paths of the righteous" (v. 20).

What are some other benefits of asking the hard questions? 

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