When she asks, “Do you think these shorts are too tight?” she is asking because she already suspects that they are.
Reference: v.4 Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues.” (NIV Bible)
Explore: The questions that people ask can say a lot about them. My husband asks lots of questions which shows he loves knowledge and can take a great deal of information in at one given time. I ask only a few specific questions which shows that I’m more planned in my information intake and don’t want to come across as stupid. My daughter on the otherhand asks questions that she already knows the answer to. When she asks, “Do you think these shorts are too tight?” she is asking because she already suspects that they are. When she has only completed a small amount of homework and asks, “Do you think that I’ve done enough?” all I will have to do is raise my eyebrows and she will have her suspicions confirmed that there is more work to be done. It’s amazing how many questions she asks to get confirmation about an answer that she knows already. I think we are often like this towards God. We ask Him questions about whether this is right or wrong, what is best, which direction… and yet often we have a suspicion of what the answer is already.
Application: As I read through Revelation there are many warnings about being seduced by the pleasures of the world and turning away from God. It seems that although people are given many chances to receive grace from God, they still turn away from Him to a life less fulfilled. It made me think that people who fall in to sin may do this without knowing or realising the path they are taking. However, then I think of the simple questions my daughter asks and wonder whether it’s the same thing. Falling in to sin is easy to do but I don’t believe that many do it blindly. We all come to cross roads and need to make decisions and while the road ahead may seem a little foggy, often we know the answer to our questions. What is right? What is best? What is holy? If you look to God you may see His eyebrows raised and it will confirm in you the answer that you already know.
Prayer: Lord, You have given us wisdom and guidance and yet so often we don’t use it. Help us to look to You and be affirmed in the answer that we already suspect. Amen.
What question do you have in your life at the moment? What do you suspect is God’s answer?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.