Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Who are you Asking?

     There are times when we ask questions just to hear ourselves talk, but do we really listen to the words that we are saying? Questions reflect more than trying to get an answer to a specific problem. Our questions can reveal to us some truths that if we know we will be able to grow.

     As "A Work in Progress" asking questions can help us develop, that is if we are willing to learn beyond the question, so that our character can progress forward. When we are teachable God is able to reach down into our hearts and help us to develop the motives behind the questions that flow out of our mouths.

     Asking questions can some times lead us to an answer that we may not be ready to hear, or at least one we do not feel like hearing. God, unlike man, knows our motives, so when we ask Him a question He cuts passed our words and gets right to the -heart of the matter.

"...For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks,"
(Mat. 12:34 NKJV)

     God knows our hearts even more than we do. He also can give us clarity to the questions that we ask, because He can help us get down to the real reason we ask them.

     One day I was reading an article in one of my favorite magazines when an idea for my own writing jumped into my heart. This fresh concept would challenge me in my writing. I had never written about this topic and began to wonder how I would be able to present it in a non-offensive manner. I have learned that when my mind begins to play out scenarios that I need to take direction from my Producer, the One who I believe gives me the ideas in the first place. But I was not prepared for the answer that I received. When I asked God, "Is this too bold of an idea for me to write about?", In my spirit I heard clearly the words, "Who are you asking?".

     God gives us the best answers when we seek Him with all of our hearts, (Jer. 29:12 NKJV). I am not perfect, far from it, but I have learned to go to God, because He has the answers. "The answers", may not be what we want to hear, but they are always what we need to hear. And most of the time, if we are honest we know exactly what He is saying.

"Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need," 
(Heb. 4:16 NKJV)

     If we are commanded to come boldly before the Creator Himself, why would we question if we would be able to go boldly unto men as God calls us to do? Now, it is true that if I go boldly in my own idea, in my own strength, in my own pride and write or do anything in such a manner I should be concerned, but when God puts something on my heart then I should know that He will help me walk it out, (Phil. 4:13)

     That day I learned a powerful perspective about asking questions. When we ask a question we should think about who we are asking. Most of the time the questions that we verbalize reveal questions that we have about our own character. When I asked God if what He asked me to do was too bold, I was actually unveiling my weakness in my faith that would be the very thing that could prevent me from doing what He asked of me.

     As "A Work in Progress" I believe that when we allow God to teach us we not only learn valuable answers, but how to apply them as we move forward. "Who are you asking?" is such an insightful question. Whether in prayer, classrooms, conferences, or simple conversations it is good wisdom to think about why we ask what we ask.  As "A Work in Progress" it is important to remember that being teachable makes our hearts reachable.

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