How Questioning Jesus Will Make You Grow Spiritually

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Daily Reading: Numbers 34 GW; John 16 GW

Questioning is part of faith.

Jesus’s disciples didn’t understand Him.  While Jesus was on earth, they were with Him. Guys who listened to His teachings firsthand didn’t get it.  At the time, comprehending Jesus’s death and resurrection was incomprehensible.  Jesus wasn’t angry that they questioned. He understood it.  If Jesus didn’t get mad at them, why would He get mad at us?

Only through questioning can we find understanding.  When you look back over the history of the church, people wondering about faith wasn’t encouraged.  But that just doesn’t work. The days of belief without investigation no longer exist.   We all have questions.  To move forward in our relationship with Jesus, we must ask what we don’t know.

Answers aren’t immediate.

Jesus tried to explain to the disciples what He meant when He said, “In a little while, they wouldn’t see Him.” The answer brought more questions:

“I can guarantee this truth: You will cry because you are sad, but the world will be happy. You will feel pain, but your pain will turn to happiness.” (John 16:20 GW)  

Jesus knew the only way the disciples would genuinely understand was in time.  After they experienced what was to come, then they would find the answer.

Question Jesus.  Ask Him directly in prayer about the things that don’t make sense to you.  Talk to those who profess to follow Him.  Don’t fear the conversation; embrace it. When we begin to ask questions, we’re heading in the right direction.  Seeking requires questioning.  And Jesus will answer, maybe not today or tomorrow, perhaps not in this lifetime, but eventually, you’ll know.

Life with Jesus is eternal.  Death is only a relocation.  Answers will come at the appropriate time.

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Jesus, You rock! Thank You for paving the way for us to understand God’s unconditional love for us.  Thank You for encouraging our questions.  Forgive us for not asking whatever about what we don’t understand.  Help us to become bold in our questioning.  Let us come to You with confidence, knowing You will answer our questions.  As we wait for the response, let us do so with grace and love.  With each question, let our relationship become more intimate with You.  In all things, You get the glory.  IJNIP. Amen

Question for reflection

What question do you have for Jesus today?

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