It seems like I have been a student forever – school, college, job training, interest classes, church. Yet, in all my many years, here I am in the twilight of life and I’m learning something new out of a book I’ve studied for a long, long time.
Recently, through a women’s study group (“The Quest”) I learned there are five recalibrating questions in which God speaks to the hearts and minds of believers. What’s more, these questions are found throughout the Bible (why didn’t I ever know of this?). Here they are:
- Where are you? (Genesis 3:9)
- Who told you that? (Genesis 3:11)
- What are you seeking? (John 1:38)
- Why are you afraid? (Matthew 8:26)
- How much more …? (Luke 11:13)
This was a gold-mine to me. These are questions psychologists use to get to the root of a client’s problems!
Applied appropriately, these queries are applicable to every relationship throughout life (students, marriage, parenting, etc.). Oh, how I could have used these questions when I was younger. “Where are you?” (what problem are you facing); “who told you that?” (am I listening to both sides?; have I even asked?); “what are you seeking?” (for me, truth and peace); “why are you afraid?” (I was afraid and mad at the one side I was hearing and how it would impact me); “how much more …?” (in my case, if I had bothered to talk to talk to both sides instead of judging, how much better my relationships might have been).
After all this time I learned I’m never too old to become over-familiar with God. Now it’s up to me to apply it!
Psalm 42:11 “Why, my soul, are you so dejected? Why are you in such turmoil? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise him, my Savior and my God.”