I heard the Lord say “Ask Me your hard questions. Seek Me for the answers to those deeper things you are looking to understand and gain revelation for. Man will misinterpret My word based on his current circumstances, the desires and motivations of his heart and whether or not he initially sought My counsel with his questions. Man has built doctrines around his interpretation, has taught inconsistencies and attributed things to Me that are not truth, and this breaks My heart. I have every answer you will ever need, and when you seek an answer to a question not specifically answered in the Scriptures, I will answer you. Seek Me and find Me, for I AM all you need.”
Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15 NLT).
Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near (Isaiah 55:6)
And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you (Luke 11:9).
I’ve been thinking about this for the last few days, and have come to the conclusion that we really must be taking our difficult questions to God for answers rather than asking other people. It’s not a bad thing to ask others deep questions, because it also (hopefully) gets them thinking as well. When we ask God first, we approach our study from a more open and interested perspective. You see, when we are consistently taught one thing over and over and over, we believe it because those teaching it are trusted, right? We read the Bible and see how what we’ve been taught is reinforced through Scripture. You’ve had this happen, right? I’m not the only one? Well, I’m going to ruffle some feathers here and get ya questioning some things, and my goal is not to cause strife or controversy, nor is it to have a round of insults hurled at me or others either – it is to get you to have an independent thought all by yourself and turn to the One who has the answers, because as humans, we don’t possess them all.
First of all, and I’m still learning this, is we need to realize and recognize our identity in Christ. Someone recently said “I’m not a sinner saved by grace, I’m the righteousness of God in Christ, for as He is, so am I in this world.” So, I’m telling you the same thing – I am not a sinner saved by grace, I am the righteousness of God in Christ. Once you wrap your head around that, it becomes easier to study and ask God your deep questions. We all sin, but, Christ paid for the consequences of that sin and so when God looks at us, He does not see our sin, He sees Christ and He is delighted in us. Beating yourself up and down because you smoked a cigarette or drank a beer is not what God desires for you. He is delighted with you, period.
Now, here’s one of many controversial subjects – and before you get your dander up and ready to rip me apart, I pose this challenge to you. Do you believe what you believe because that is what you have always been taught, or do you believe it because it is explicitly explained in Scripture? Recently, a friend of mine asked a question about whether or not committing suicide automatically condemns a person to hell. Many had specific thoughts and feelings regarding the question, and I admit, I was always taught that to take your own life sentenced you to a life in hell. I am familiar with all the Scriptures they gave in response to my friend. I am not refuting Scripture, I’m simply looking at this topic from a different perspective. Here’s my take on it – I have been asking the Lord about this for many years, and this is what I now believe based on His response to me: While He does not want us to die before our time, and He can thwart any attempt at someone’s untimely death; there is a devil and he prowls about like a lion, seeking to steal, kill and destroy, tormenting people to the point where they no longer wish to live. Now, this does not only happen to non-Believers, but Believers as well. The main point is that God reminded me that none of His children can be snatched from the palm of His hand (John 10:28-29, I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.) And that is all I’m going to say about the subject – ask God for the answer, but He has shown me that we will have many surprises when we get to heaven.
When it comes to questioning the things we’ve been taught, and reading Scripture to gain knowledge for ourselves, we must approach it with an open mind, ready to hear from God and ready to receive what He shows us. He gave us His word for us to draw closer to Him, we must use it accordingly. It’s not enough to listen to sermons, or to seek the wisdom of others to grow in our walk, we must also take the initiative to seek out the Living God for ourselves. I promise you, it will be a journey you will desire never ends!