Nurtured by the Right Question

Wrong questions are the breeding ground of doubt, despair and unbelief. I know; I've asked the wrong questions for almost sixty years. But, in the midst of those questions mercy, grace, atonement and the answer burst its way into my darkened questions. Tell Me Why is the most foreboding of all wrong questions.

Don't miss-hear me; questions are natural and a part of our God given DNA. But: to end up at Why? That wrong question is not a part of the likeness and image of God that we are all endowed with. It is the epitome of our fallen, darkened condition! So, how do we approach these unanswerable questions?

Before there are answers, there is a relationship you must have your heart opened to. There is a knowing that paves the way for sufficient answers. Here it comes! You must know that God's plan is God; revealed in a "baby wrapped in old dirty clothes", a Son of Man, a life lived exemplary for all generations, on a Cross-disfigured and murdered by His own and in an empty tomb. He is not a program, or an impersonal idea.

"You must know it's Me pouring My life into you, into all of your children. I punish only those who insist on their own way and their own answers, who reject Me! Those who invest their all in knowing Me, pressing into Me will have the answer in the face of every imaginable hurt, suffering, and injustice. This fallen world is not nice, never! Stop insisting on your own understanding. Heaven is the enjoyment of My way forever! Hell is the enjoyment of your own way forever, eternally apart from Me!"

"I allow suffering for those I love, because it draws them to concentrate on Me as their only source for life. In order to rest in hope, you must first writhe in pain. You must repent of demanding fair and your own understanding. Look; no, study all of those in the scriptures who rested only in Me! They didn't get answers to the wrong questions. And they often had to wait for a future time for the fulfillment of My promises."

"Only I can awaken your intimacy taste buds, to enjoy the feast of Me. To know Me well you must also first be confused by Me. What! That's not fair! Only in the mystery of suffering well, of not wasting your sorrows will you cease to try to fit Me into your understanding! As you continue to stand before Me in mystery you will; in time, rest in Me in the strong, sufficient arms of trust. Suffering without demanding an explanation will create the fertile ground of faith in Me; the faith that simply looks for My heart, not My answers." One put it this way; 'As long as there are many springs from which to draw water, anxiety about possible water failure does not arise.'

Blessed are those who thirst and hunger for Me! Trust and faith are opened when there is only one source of water-Me! Knowing My love is the answer. Because it is My love that seeks and supplies the well-being of another. If that requires suffering, then love permits and, sometimes, brings about suffering. But my love never allows you to suffer more than is necessary to achieve the well-being of the beloved!

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He's the one who will keep you on track. Don't assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Proverbs 3:5-7, The Message.

In the grip of the answer-Jesus!

Copyright by Ron Ross.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Rev. Ron Ross is a pastor, author, teacher, and counselor.
As founder of NET Casting Ministries, he equips the church
around the world to care for the wounded and addicted.
Ron is a cofounder of the NET Training Institute.

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