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Imagine a 4-year-old kid who wakes up every morning and begins asking their parents a thousand questions before they even eat breakfast.


“Mommy, why do cats [fill in the blank]?”


“Daddy, what does a dog do when [fill in the blank]?”


“Mommy, how do you [fill in the blank]?”


“Daddy, when I do this...?”


Here is my favorite one.


“Daddy, I was wondering…?”

A new poll of 2,000 parents of kids ages 0-6 years old found that between being asked “what?” (37%), “when?” (22%), and “why?” (11%), parents are always on call for when their kids get curious.


If you are parents of small children, you can get frustrated with all their questions. We all know those questions are legitimate, but you are tired of answering so many questions. It’s not that you don’t know the answers; you are just exhausted of the constant asking.


Aren’t you glad God does not get tired of our questions? I am. Why? Because I’m that 4-year-old asking the questions all… day… long. My Father is forever and eternally strong, so He doesn’t get tired nor do I exhaust Him with my questions. It’s part of the relationship. I ask questions, and He gladly answers. It may be a ‘yes’, ‘no’, ‘later’, ‘you wouldn’t understand’, or I’m met with silence. But not once in my life have I ever felt as though I was exasperating my Father God with my questions. Why? Because I know He loves me. I love Him. The relationship is sealed and solid. It’s not on the table if I don’t like the answer. I am glad He answers, even if I don’t like or understand the answer.


What do you do when your Father God asks you questions? Well, for me I know He already knows the answer, so it usually means there is something in His questions that I need to know or learn. I begin to look deeper and contemplate more. His questions make me think outside my small box. He expands my view. I begin to see beyond the horizon.


God told Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil and that if they did they would surely die. They did and immediately their spirit, which was alive and connected with God, died. They no longer had the connection of spirit, soul, and body with God. God then kicked them out of the garden for their own good and, as we all know, everything went downhill from there… until Jesus showed up on the scene.


The point I want to make here is that even though they died spiritually and were no longer connected to God, He didn’t take away their divine mind. They still had the ability to think, create, wonder, and contemplate. What they got in return for listening to Satan was his evil, horrible, despicable, putrid, and disgusting mind. God didn’t take away our curiosity. He didn’t take away our sense of adventure. Nor did He take away our creativity or our hunger for knowledge. All that comes with questions. If you are curious, you will ask questions. If you seek adventure, you will ask questions. If you are creative, you will ask questions. Questions are a big part of most of my conversations with people. I believe, and science bears this to be true, there is a direct correlation between creativity and questions.


It’s funny how life works. When we were children, we had a million questions and, as we get into our teenage years and our 20s, we think we have all the answers. In our 30s and 40s, life has a way of kicking our butt, and we find ourselves fighting just to keep our heads above the water. In our 50s, life starts to let up a little and you realize you don’t have all the answers. However, in my life, I’ve noticed that as I get older I have more questions and fewer answers.


“Everything that can be invented has been invented.” - Charles H. Duell (Commissioner, US Patent Office, in 1899).


Wow, what a horrible quote.


I am so glad somebody asked the question about how they could create a device that would keep us cool during the summer months, especially for those of us who live in the South. Because people asked questions, we have all kinds of inventions. I do believe they [the question askers] are some people who think on a much higher plane than the average person. They see things completely different than the rest of the world. Those people are people that have changed the world, some for the better and some for the worse.

My ability to ask questions comes from a desire to know. That, I believe, is a direct result from the fall of mankind. I can’t say this is in the Bible, but I believe and can envision when God and Adam would walk together in the “cool” of the day that Adam would ask God all kinds of questions. God would answer them all.


I am probably more curious today than I was when I was a child. My earthly father, Charlie Goodwin was a curious man until the day he died. He lit a fire of questions inside of me when I was a child that has only gotten stronger and stronger as I have aged. I also believe my Father God has stirred up within me an insatiable hunger, desire, yearning, and thirst to know Him better. I want to see God for who He is, not the way somebody else tells me He is. The only way you or I will be able to do that is by asking Him questions. We should want to live on another plane than the average American Christian. We are not trying to be better than the rest of the world. We simply yearn to know Him more. In doing so, we will have an effect on this world. We will also affect change in our world.

Where does that start? With asking the Father questions.


God is more than willing to converse with us. He’s the one that set it all up so that we could have conversations with Him in the first place. “Are you saying that we can talk to God and God can talk to us?” Yes, yes, and yes. We call it prayer. It is nothing more than having a conversation with God. Conversation is a two-way street, whereas preaching, teaching, telling, or babbling is a one-way street. We might want to stop talking and asking long enough to hear God speaking. One thing I have learned over the many years of being a follower of Jesus is to talk less and listen more. Yes, I have questions, but I know they’ll be answered in time. Maybe not in my timing but in His. Don’t let someone tell you it’s wrong to ask God questions. It’s not. To question God and ask Him questions are two separate things. One is from a selfish “I want what I want when I want it” attitude and the other is from “I’m curious and would like to know more so I can grow more” attitude.


So, go ahead. I dare you! Ask God a question, then wait and listen for His voice. Be patient. He will answer.

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