Finishing before you’ve started

Posted: November 1, 2011 in "While The Cats Away"

On this day in history a man was born. He is a man that I respect and value. He is a man that lives by the Word, is not easily swayed, and is gentle in his approach. Thank you Lord for men like Ed Peterson.

I want to begin with a question.
If no one asks the question, does said question have no answer?

I would have thought after my long arduous twenty three years that the answer is simply: “If you ask all the questions then you will find all of the answers” but this is not so. Because when you begin to ask more questions in order to find the answer to one question the simplicity of the original question becomes lost. For our purposes dictionary.com defines a question as : a problem for discussion or a matter to be investigated. So the solution is not found in the question but in the investigation itself. As a wise man once told me, “life is more about the journey than the destination.”

More and more I find that it isn’t answers that I am really seeking but methods to find said answers. I am no longer content with simply the what but I want the why and the how as well. The bible refers to the why’s and how’s as wisdom, the practical application for how to carry out the what. The Word in James 1 tells me that if I simply ask for wisdom it will be given to me, it never says how or that it will be a direct answer but  due to context I can only believe that the wisdom will come when I am facing trials of many kinds and in the fact that I can seek out wisdom there is my joy. That’s what has always baffled me, why I was supposed to be joyful about facing difficult situations but I think I have another piece of the puzzle now, the wisdom, if I seek out the wisdom then through His strength I will find joy because it will lead me out of the difficult situation. It’s kind of like winning before the race.

Proverbs 1:7 MSG

7 Start with God—the first step in learning is bowing down to God;
only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.

And how do we really gather understanding? We start with God, something so simple as obedience will give us the wisdom we seek. If we can lean on Him over our own ways of thinking then anyevery situation will have the right answer. I’ll leave you with this just one simple verse that I have been leaning on for the past month.

Jeremiah 17:7 NIV

7 Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD,
whose confidence is in him.

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