AFFLICTED WITH ANSWERS

 

A teacher started the class: “I am not here to answer your questions. I am here to question your answers.”  A professor at The Master’s Institute, Dr. Herb Klem, said, “There are two important truths: 1) There is a God. 2) You are not He. He added, “And you know less of Him than you think you do.”  Adults often settle in and quit asking questions. They think they know. Too bad they don’t know that they don’t know much.

 

Kids are learners and they show it by asking questions. Adults don’t raise their hands, because they don’t want to show how stupid they are. They hope someone else asks the question to show that they are the dummy. The learning curve for children is a steep one. It levels off as we reach adulthood. What a shame! What if we kept on growing? We might even get smart some day. But we start thinking that we know. Not a good place to be. Knowers are not learners.

 

Ask yourself: do I have too many answers and not enough questions? The Pharisees had more answers than they had a right to have. They were comfortable in their answers that came from reason, not revelation. When the wise men came with the question, “Where?” the religious leaders had the answer, but it didn’t move them. Pharisees are sitters, not seekers. They already had the truth, or so they thought. Jerusalem was five miles from the Messiah–and they didn’t budge.

 

Two opposite responses came at Pentecost. Some dismissed the tongue-speakers with a statement, “They have had too much wine.” That ends the discussion. Others asked, “What do these things mean?” Those with answers close the door to learning, while those with questions open themselves to revelation. The answer people are the learned ones, about whom Jesus spoke in His prayer: “I thank you Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hid these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to babes” (Matthew 11:25). God actually hides revelation from those who think that they have a handle on it. But those who come humbly seeking because they know that they don’t know experience divine breakthrough. Stunning!

 

We are children of the Father. Children are humble seekers, not afraid to ask questions. We are like kids on a treasure hunt. Jesus said that “the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls” (Matthew 13:45). Are you a seeker or a sitter? Do you have it down or are you on a search? We are often too easy with answers, and we make assumptions. I like all kinds of nuts, including peanuts, but I am not as fond of peanut butter. If you assume that because I eat one, I like the other, you’re wrong. What if we make assumptions about tongue-speakers or people with depression or those struggling with same-sex issues or folks on the opposite end of the political fence? Hey, we might be wrong. Questions often work better than answers. Stay young! Raise your hand and be a kid again.

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