Searching for Answers and Knowedge

Where do you go when searching for answers? Who do you go to when searching for knowledge? I just finished watching the movie “God’s Not Dead 2” an inspiring story of strength, character, conviction and truth. Sometimes in life the answers we seek can only be discovered through self-determination and self-discovery but even with these we need a starting point, right? I don’t think I’m a lot different than most, if there’s an easy way to get an answer why not obtain it quickly and easily? I have discovered life is often easier sitting in the passenger’s seat instead of the driver’s seat. To just sit back and enjoy the ride with no decisions to be made. This is all well and good until you are going somewhere that you don’t particularly want to go, or wonder why you are going there, what then? Over time, my belief is that we can begin to loose pieces of who we are and as we conform and adapt to be like everyone else forgetting we have choices and we can put ourselves in the driver’s seat. I believe we are all born with a specific gene characteristic called “manipulation” of course, that is not the scientific terminology for it! (This is most embarrassing because I did study the general sciences while in college). Manipulation is something that does not necessary grow within us without some form of fertilization. It doesn’t mean you are weak or bad if manipulation spouts or takes root; only that someone highly skilled in it has watered it a lot! My point I want to make is this, manipulation can and will be defeated once we take hold of our own truth, our own confidence and seek truth wherever it leads us. The truth is, not everyone you meet is going to like you, and that’s ok. I used to wrestle with that statement but if we all liked the same exact things, what’s the point with life? Our existence would have little to no purpose. I believe it is because of our uniqueness and our individuality that helps to explain life. We all don’t like the same colors, seasons, foods, schools, stores, shoes, or clothing…do you see what I’m saying? I love this quote, ” In a world where you can be anybody, be yourself!” God created each of us with purpose, we were created by God for His purposes. Are you scratching you head right now, wanting the answer as to what your specific purpose is? You are not alone, I find myself asking this very question. I wish someone would just tell me the answers to my questions and I would go do that one thing!#! But it doesn’t work quite that way. It’s finding our way along the journey that leads to our purpose in fact I would be willing to say the journey is the purpose of it all. In finding our way in this world, we must see the world through the perspective of the heart and not with our eyes, as they can be deceiving. Proverbs 21:2 “A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart.” When you find yourself seeking knowledge the hardest part can be starting the process. It may seem as if God is hindering our progress because the individuals we know that have knowledge do not quickly answer our direct questions. Frustrating! But, the learning is more than the answer. It involves the process of getting to the answer. Take mathematics for instance…2 + 2 = 4 was not always an easy answer, learning the alphabet or even reading, they all started with one thing and gradually added more. The Bible has some answers that seem very straight forward while others take a bit longer to find clarity. God puts special people in our lives to help us learn and grow, there are libraries and books from unimaginable points of view, and we have a vast number of bible translations and commentaries to help us navigate through to find meanings and pursue knowledge and eventually answers. The most powerful methods I have found and used are prayers, community relationships and truthful conversations about God and my personal relationship with Him. None of what I have just shared will come easily, most worthwhile things never do! Where do you go for answers? Who do you seek for answers? God, friends, family, colleagues, pastors, professors, teachers, library, internet, bookstores, YouTube, prayers…never settle and never give up, God is good, God is always good!

Numbers 6:24-26 (NIV)
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

Proverbs 18:15 (NIV)
“The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.”

Proverbs 2:6 (NIV)
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”

Proverbs 1:7 (NIV)
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

“Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
~Lao Tzu

“Nothing really worthwhile ever comes easy in life. You keep hitting it and going after it, and little-by-little your life becomes a masterpiece of God’s grace.”
~Rick Warren
http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/nothing-worthwhile-ever-comes-easy