Young children have many questions. Often they come out of nowhere, suddenly sprung upon the unsuspecting adult.
Why do I have to go to school?
How do birds fly?
Where do babies come from? (which as every father knows, has the answer “ask your mother”)
But I have some questions too.
How much deeper would the ocean be without the sponges?
What happens if you get scared half to death, twice?
Why do psychics have to ask you your name?
Why is dyslexia so hard to spell?
Questions reveal that we are thinking creatures, naturally inquisitive about the world around us, with a capacity to wonder and ponder. But God made us that way, and he wants us to be constantly seeing the benefit of questions.
Sometimes we will be asked questions. In the bible, Peter says.
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect (1 Peter chapter 3 verse 15)
Sometimes we should ask questions, but we fail to do so.
You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God (James chapter 4 verse 2)
So here’s a question for you, a very personal and pertinent one. It’s a question you will see on posters around the Beacon at the moment. If you could ask God one question, what would it be?
Can I challenge you to think about your answer to that question?
Can I then challenge you to ask God that question?
And as you do so, remember the bible promise
God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us (Ephesians chapter 3 verse 20)
And maybe, after all that, why not ask a friend or a neighbour if they could ask God one question, what that would be? You may be surprised where that leads in a conversation.