When Questions Just Delay the Answer

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Sometimes questions are simply stall tactics.

If we are asking questions then we can postpone committing to one direction or another.  On the outside questions may even appear to be the “smart” thing to do.  But, on the inside, it’s often fear that drives this decision to stay in the question asking phase. Fear of the unknown and the uncomfortable, fear of being wrong, fear of looking stupid, fear of letting go of our control (or perceived control), fear of being vulnerable.

FEAR

I think about this every time I read John 3 and the story of Nicodemus, the Pharisee who came to Jesus (secretly, in the middle of the night…umm…fear).  He knew there was something to this man Jesus.  “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” v 2

He knew. Yet, despite all the proof staring him in the face, he was scared to commit. And, Jesus, calls him on it:

“Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.  I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?” v 12 & 13

I love how the Message translates these verses:

Listen carefully. I’m speaking sober truth to you. I speak only of what I know by experience; I give witness only to what I have seen with my own eyes. There is nothing secondhand here, no hearsay. Yet instead of facing the evidence and accepting it, you procrastinate with questions. If I tell you things that are plain as the hand before your face and you don’t believe me, what use is there in telling you of things you can’t see, the things of God?

Yet instead of facing the evidence and accepting it, you procrastinate with questions.

Yikes. How often do we do this when Truth knocks us up side the head?

I know I’ve been guilty of it many, many times.  Questions are like a security blanket we wear when, secretly, we know that commitment would be like running up the street naked.  Okay, maybe not always…but sometimes. Making a life altering decision will often leave us exposed and vulnerable. It can be, for a time, the most awkward and/or most painful place God will ever ask us to log time.

BUT…it’s worth it.

I can’t help but think back on the season in my life when I was coming to terms with an addiction.  Boy, did I have a ton of fear based stall tactic questions for God…and all of them began with the word “why.”

Why can’t I drink like a normal person?

Why can’t You compromise with me God?

Why can’t I just hide this part of my life and get on with following you in every other area?

Why?

Yet instead of facing the evidence and accepting it, you procrastinate with questions.

A day does not go by in my life now that I am not eternally grateful that I finally stopped asking questions and simply trusted Jesus to do what He kept promising me He would do.

I will be Your strength.  I will give you peace. I will satisfy your thirst. I will lift you up out of that pit you are in and set your feet in a spacious place!

Are questions holding you back today?  Maybe it’s time to let go of the blanket, grab hold of His hand and commit to trusting the One with the answers.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

 

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