God has answers! Ask Him!!
I tend to be curious and want to know about lots of things. I often get distracted by a topic or thought and then pursue it. Several years ago, I read a fiction book that made a reference to Charlemagne. I realized during reading that the only thing I knew about Charlemagne was that he was considered the father of modern Europe. So, my curiosity got the best of me and I bought four books on Charlemagne. One of them was written by someone who had worked for/with him. After four books, I learned all I needed and that was the end of my Charlemagne search.
I also realized for this very reason why I would never be a good Ph.D. candidate. I don’t want to be the authority on one subject; I just want to know enough to satisfy my curiosity and then move on. Certainly not Ph.D. dissertation tenacity!
I have a friend who really likes to ask questions. She asks questions to learn everything she can about whatever the topic is. Some people find that annoying; I find it fascinating!
What about you?
Do you have questions? About work, leadership, family, aging parents, raising children, retirement, healthcare or more?
Let me share with you some things I’ve learned about wisdom, our search for answers to our questions.
1. Since the beginning of time, we have sought after wisdom, sometimes to extraordinary measures.
Genesis 3: 6 says, When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
We’re still living out that decision that Adam and Eve made!
2. People have an innate desire to want to be wise, to have others seek them out for answers to their questions.
In Deuteronomy 4:6, we read, “Observe them [God’s laws] carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, "Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people."
Solomon is the perfect example of one who sought out wisdom. He prayed and asked God to supply the wisdom he needed to rule the children of Israel effectively (see 2 Chronicles 10 and 11 for Solomon’s prayer). God’s response in 1 Kings 4:29 says, “God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.
3. The Source of all Wisdom is found in God.
Daniel, following a vision about King Nebuchadnezzar, declared, “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning (Daniel 2:20-21).
Do you have questions? Perhaps you want to know the answer to a perplexing situation at work or how to handle a wandering child The Source of all Wisdom is just a breath away. Why not ask Him now?
I have also learned that it’s important to ask the right question if you want the right response. In 2015 Lead Like Jesus decided to move to Spartanburg, SC. I decided that I didn’t want to make the move. I didn’t know anyone there, I didn’t want to move there so I decided I’d just retire and move where I wanted to go.
Since 1982, God has always told me where to go. I might not have always known what I would do when I got there, but it was clear as to where to go. So, I started asking God where I should go to retire. I offered my list, which, of course, got me nowhere! As the date to vacate my apartment neared I still had no clear direction. I decided that God and I had to sort this out, so I took a Saturday of solitude to find the answer to my question. During the day, I realized that I was asking the wrong question. The right question was, “Do I retire?” not “Where do I go?” As soon as I asked, “Do I retire?” God immediately said, “Not yet.” Well that settled it for me.
You may wonder how I knew it was God speaking. He and I have been friends for a long time and have had many conversations. Sometimes, I talk more than He does but when I earnestly want to hear from Him, He speaks.
John 10 is a wonderful example of knowing God’s voice. It speaks of Jesus as the Shepherd and His followers as sheep. Verses 3 and 4 say, “The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.
Are you asking God questions and not receiving a response? It could be that your life and mind are too cluttered with the cares of this world. If you earnestly seek Him, you will find Him. Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Are you wondering about your relationship with God? Perhaps, you are not hearing Him speak and yet you long to hear Him. Check out your relationship first. John 8:47 says, “He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God." If you are uncertain about your relationship with God, you can settle that today by speaking to Him with a heart that desperately wants to know Him and hear His voice. He’s listening … Will you seek Him with all your heart? He is the answer to your every desire and the source of all wisdom with answers to every question you might ask!!
Do it today!