Thought For The Day 08/24/13

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Why Ask Why? 

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The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.

Thomas Berger

http://www.finestquotes.com/select_quote-category-Questions-page-0.htm

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Perhaps the single most difficult question we ask both ourselves as well as others is WHY! And yet we do it. Every day! And the usual reason is because we need to know answers to things. That need is a part of the healthy curiosity every human being has been endowed with by our creator. And none of us ever thinks about apologizing for asking either, because we know how important those answers are to our individual growth and development! But what happens when we ask WHY when thinking about faith?

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Now I don’t know about you, but my first impulse is to want to shut my mouth. After all, remember what happened to those from the house of Israel who questioned and rebelled when they were wandering in the wilderness? Remember how in their rebellion, they did not heed the counsel of Moses, and the unthinkable happened! Numbers 16:31-34 NIV, “As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and their households, and all those associated with Korah, together with their possessions. They went down alive into the realm of the dead, with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community. At their cries, all the Israelites around them fled, shouting, “The earth is going to swallow us too!”  But as I thought about asking WHY, I realized that it was not necessarily the asking of the question that was displeasing. it was the way the question was asked in the first place!

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God will do what He wills and that is something we really need to reconcile with. However, it is not the questioning that becomes the issue but rather, in asking the question, are we presuming to abrogate His authority? And this is the mistake that I see people making all too often. Heck, it’s a mistake I’ve made a time or two (or a thousand), come to think of it! So what are some of the reasons we question Him and why do we do it to begin with?

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As humans we are subject those emotional highs and lows that come with the stresses life hands us. And most of the time, if we can roll with the punches, we will come through the worst part of the assault relatively unscathed. But what happens if we become angry at our inability to control the circumstances? Yes, we become confused and when we are confused, we tend to go on the offensive and act aggressively and it is then that we start to question and ask WHY. The thing is, we are not really angry at nor are we really accusing God for failing to help us or to answer our questions. We are instead angry at ourselves, because we have confused what we want for our own lives with what it is He wants for us!

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Asking WHY is not a bad thing, as long as we do it for the right reason. He wants us to ask for wisdom. He tells us as much in James 1:5 NIV, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” And there is absolutely nothing wrong with asking Him questions when we are honestly seeking to become better Christians!

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“And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.…”


James 1:4-6 NIV

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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