You know the situation, the one where you ask someone a question and your question is answered with a question. A lot of people do it. It’s an all-time popular avoidance tactic. In some circumstances it might cause distraction, but there are times when it also brings benefit.
Let’s take a journey and give it a try. I’ll start…
Why has my heart been so hard the last couple of months? What is the Lord trying to show me that I don’t want to see? Why am I turning away? Why am I hiding? Why am I running to “things” instead of the Lord?
What am I seeking to fill? Am I looking for comfort? Why am I uncomfortable? What is causing discomfort? What causes even greater discomfort? What is healthier? What is fleeting? What is eternal?
Why do “things” seem like a faster route to comfort? Why does instant gratification seem…more gratifying…at least for a moment? How much more gratifying would delayed gratification be?
What causes me to feel important? What am I missing? What am I not seeing about myself? What am I hoping that “thing” will do for me? Will it make me look better? Feel better? About what?
Are these “things” about control? What do I need control of? And why? Who am I not trusting? Where do I find hope?
Why am I so focused on myself? Who should I be focused on?
What’s in ruins? What needs to be rebuilt? What will be the measure of my success? Who will measure it?
Does the Lord know who I am? Did He not create me? Am I not a daughter?
A Heavenly daughter? Do I believe it? Do I know what it means?
Does He not have a plan for me? Does He not want what is best for me? Does He not make all things good? Has He not intervened in major ways? And has He not taken care of even the smallest details?
Has He not promised comfort for all who mourn? A crown of beauty instead of ashes? A garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair? Has He not promised light instead of darkness? A spirit of power, of love, and a sound mind instead of fear?
I don’t know about you, but I think those were a lot of answered questions.
OK, now you. Give it a chance and see what you unearth.
In the meantime, I will seek the Lord and use these verses to remind myself about the God of answers.
Genesis 35:3 – Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone.
Exodus 19:19 – As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him.
1 Chronicles 5:20 – God delivered all their allies into their hands, because they cried out to him during the battle. He answered their prayers, because they trusted in him.
Ezra 8:23 – So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.
Psalm 65:5 – You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.
Isaiah 41:17 – But I the Lord will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
Zechariah 10:6 – I will restore them because I have compassion on them. They will be as though I had not rejected them, for I am the Lord their God and I will answer them.