Questions and Answers

Watching the debate last week I noticed how often a question was asked and then both men of whom it was asked simply went right on and said the things they wanted to say, failing to answer the question posed. Then in Bible class, I saw another example of this same thing, but done well. It happened in John 14. Jesus is addressing his apostles on the night before the crucifixion. He is attempting to explain the importance of obedience in the context of love and relationship with him. Take a look at this.

Jesus said, “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.” Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?” Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. (John 14:21-23).


Jesus goes on with his discussion, but never directly answers the question. But his point throughout the following verses clearly does answer the question. Jesus always planned to show himself to the world. It was his intention that the world would see him through our obedience, love and relationship with him. Jesus ties love and obedience together and declares that our love for Him and for each other would demonstrate to the world that we are His.


I think its alright to leave questions unanswered sometimes if by our continuing comments and actions the answer can be understood. Too many people want easy answers. Voltaire said, “No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.”


It’s good when we have a question to ponder. When we roll around in the dirt of thought, it fosters growth in our thoughts and in our souls. It is here that we uncover the treasure of clarity. Wisdom doesn’t float on the surface of the water; we have to mine for it and sort through a lot of gravel and silt to find what is valuable. If you’re in the role of a teacher, it’s alright to hold back the answer. Let your students struggle and dig. If the question is yours, do the work of thinking. Every problem contains within it – its own answer.


telemicus out

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