Ask The Right Questions
How many of us have searched for the right answer to our questions? All of us, of course. We are concerned that the information that we have is accurate. But in order to receive answers, it is also incumbent on us to ask the right questions. Often times we don’t spend a lot of time determining how to ask the right questions.
The apostle Paul, on his way to Damascus to persecute and destroy Christians was stopped in his tracks and asked by God “Paul said; why do you persecute me? The question that Paul (Saul at that time) asked in return was one which changed his life, “Lord, what would you have me do?” What a change takes place when we ask the right questions and how much trouble is caused by asking the wrong questions.
One distinguished author made this observation. “It is a waste of time to ask”, what causes poverty, for if you get an answer, you have merely learned how to be poor. The right question would more appropriately be, “What creates wealth?” and then use the answer to help the poor.
It has been said that a problem well defined is already half solved. So, a good question asked most likely has half the answer with in it.
There is a timeless story of the semi-trailer which got stuck trying to go under an overpass. The truck was high enough so that it got stuck. Many engineers come to render an opinion on how to fix the situation and free the truck. The answer was simple when a young child asked, “Why don’t you just let some air out of the tires and drive it out”. How simple the answer when you ask the right question.
We look for solutions to cure our illnesses and the real question might be is what unhealthy habits to give up. We ask how to change our friends and families when the better question might be in asking how to change our own behavior in a way that will cause less conflict. More often than not, we ask God to fulfill our desires when we better might ask like Paul, “Lord, what would you have me do?”
We most certainly need answers to today’s problems; but we cannot get right answers if we do not ask the right questions. We can then claim the promise of God. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all man liberally…and it (the answer) shall be given him”. (James 1:5)
Pastor Hans Lillejord