In the age in which we live there is an endless supply of places to look for information. You can download apps to your smart phone and or other hand held devices that give endless sources of information. Google and other search engines provide endless websites that match your search criteria. Bookstores are full of books that address the topics you are interested in. Ask a question on social media and you are likely to get replies from many “experts.” Talk show hosts delve into subjects that range from sports to fashion to politics to the mating habits of whales off the shores of New Guinea. We also have valuable resources in other people. Our family and friends often can be of great help to us if we would just ask.
The challenge comes not from finding enough places to look for information but from being able to know which are reliable and which are not. Is the answer based upon fact or is it just an opinion? Is there credible evidence to back up the data? What is the source of the information? Has this information been “time tested” or is it some new theory? Is it based upon current trends or something from fifty years ago? These are all questions we need to ask when trying to gain insight or knowledge of a particular topic.
For many of us, as a young person we viewed asking for help as a sign of weakness. With maturity we begin to find out that wisdom comes not from knowing it all but rather from knowing who and where to go to find out whatever it is we need to find out. Even then, we sometimes end up making bad decisions. It might be that we got bad information or that we misunderstood that information, or even that we ignored the advice given.
Whatever the case, we tend to be skeptical of most information. We do however have one source of information that will never lead us astray or try to trip us up. This source always has our best interests in mind. That source is God. We can find the answers to living life the way it is intended to be lived both by going to God directly and by reading His Word as found in the Bible.
We often do not get answers because we do not ask questions. We fail to go to the source. We try to figure it out on our own, always coming up short. In The Message, Eugene Peterson puts it like this – “Now that we know what we have – Jesus, this High Priest with ready access to God – let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all – all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.” (Hebrews 4:14-16)
So, we ask, are you asking Jesus for what he is ready to give?
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