No Questions No Answers

40+196 Hssssss Many people look at me with hatred when I ask questions about various topics.  Those hateful looks are underserved, most of the time.  I don’t typically pry into people’s personal lives, in fact, I’m largely not interested in others.  It’s simply that I’m inquisitive about many subjects, especially history, art and science.

When discussing things with people, I think out loud (AKA “talking to myself”) and ask questions.  “What would have caused so-in-so to do that?  What was the purpose of using rigid material to build those?  How can I get rid of those weeds without killing all the animals in this zip code?  Questions like that often elicit hateful looks.

My question is, what is it that they hate so much?

Could it be because the average person is a shallow puddle of water and they don’t like watching someone else dig deep for answers?

Could it be because these hateful people don’t really want answers?  Or is it something else?

The answer likely varies by individuals.  However, I have learned this absolute truth.  If we don’t ask questions we won’t get answers.

Jesus told us to ask.

Daily Bread

Q: What is Jesus talking about when He says in Luke 11:3,Give us each day our daily bread”?

A: King Solomon, the wisest and richest man who ever lived, gave us the answer long before we asked the question.

Proverbs 30:8-9 Remove falsehood and lies far from me; do not give me poverty or riches, feed me with my allotted portion of bread, 9 lest I become satisfied and act deceptively and say, “Who is the Lord?” Or lest I become poor and steal and demean the name of my God.

When we get more than enough food we become satisfied and act deceptively. When we don’t have enough food for a day we become poor (in every meaning of the word) and we are likely to steal.

Psalms 49:6 “They trust in their wealth and boast in their great riches.”

Q: Why does Jesus expect such a thing from us?

A:  Both scenarios, too much food vs not enough food, have consequences. Those are deception and theft in addition to harming our relationship with God. When we live simply day-to-day and trust God we get focused on how much we need him. We learn to trust God and depend on him. The best part is, we gain a better relationship with Jesus.

I’m learning these things the hard and easy ways. When I thought only of money and worried about it I was less than honest in my work.  Mainly, doing what bosses wanted me to do knowing that they wanted me to do the wrong thing just to make money. When I finally said, “No, that’s not right.” the bosses found someone else who would do anything for money. That actually made me feel better because I hated every day despite all the money I made.

Next, I ran out of money and got desperate. I didn’t steal anything but I did turn to the evil credit card, which has gotten me deeper in debt. Now, that I’m at the end of my money rope, I’m asking God each day for what I need. Not barely enough to survive but exactly what and how much that He knows I need each day to live. I’m learning to trust God and God has been supplying all my needs!

Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply your every need according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”