Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
I have been asking myself a lot of questions lately. This morning we watched a sermon by Francis Chan, one of our favorite preachers. He had preached a sermon on Baptism and had a lot of people asking him questions afterwards. He answered them with a question of his own. His question?
"Why are you asking?"
I ask the Lord a lot of questions. Sometimes I feel like he answers me by saying "Why are you asking? Haven't I made it pretty clear in my word?"
I believe it is ok to ask questions, but I can almost hear the Lord sigh sometimes. I can almost hear him say "not again." Some of the questions I ask, I already know the answer. Why then do I keep asking? Perhaps because I think He just might give me a different answer if I keep pestering Him.
I am trying, with His help, to ask fewer questions, but to also really listen when I hear Him answer those questions. I try not to fill the silences with more questions. I am trying to obey and not whine.
There is ONE question, though, that I will continue to ask over and over again. In fact, I can't ask this question enough. I try each day when I get up to say, "Lord...do you have something for me to do for you and for the kingdom today? If so, will you please show me?"
That is one question that I don't believe the Lord gets tired of hearing.