Journey: What Are Our Questions?

Read:  It’s Not Too Late

Questioning is not doubting.  Questioning is acknowledging that the little we know is a speck when placed into God’s infinite knowledge.  Questions are our way of saying to God, “Tell me more.”

McLaren shows through Abraham and Sarah how the journey of faith includes having to deal with huge questions.  God’s promise would have been rendered null and void without the birth of Isaac.  The covenant would not have been fulfilled if Abraham’s knife had plunged into his son’s heart.

But…there is no way to have answers before we have questions.  That’s what answers are–responses to questions.  Faith moves ahead through questions and the necessary openness to receive God’s guidance that comes after we ask them.

“How can this be?” was Mary’s question.  And when she asked it, the angel gave her the answer–an answer which set in motion other questions for her, for Joseph, and for the rest of us ever since.  Peter and the rest of the Christian Church was transformed as he entertained the question of how Gentiles could receive the Holy Spirit just as “the chosen people” . did.

McLaren says that It was not too late for Abraham and Sarah, and through them he reminds us that it is not too late for us, so long as we keep asking questions rather than avoiding them.  Often as not, faith is our willingness to move ahead on the basis of a question rather than on the basis of an answer.

It is not too late to be a seeker, an explorer, a map maker.  All it takes is asking God a really good question.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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