We look for answers in all types of places and from all types of people. Our search is never ending. Questions come to mind every day. Some questions are relatively small and non-impactful. Others are more important and may be life changing.
The more important the question, the larger the impact on us, the more we need to seek our answers from qualified and reliable sources. It may require us to dig deeper in our research to find the best answer.
Many people will use Google or Yahoo to search for answers to questions. We love getting the answer we are looking within a few seconds. But that is the crux of the issue, isn’t it? We want the answer, and we want it now.
I’ll let you in on a secret—those search engines don’t necessarily provide you with the best answer. Many of the links presented are paid for. There are people who do research to build in well-known key words, so their site is high on the list. You may need to dig deeper down the list of results to find the best answer.
The other half of the issue is we want the answer now. There are times we need to not only research, but we also need to spend time thinking. We need to process the information we found. We need to put the information in our own context.
What is the best way for us to put the information in our context? Spend time not only thinking but spend time with God. Spend time praying, asking God to provide the best answer for you. God provides answers to those who seek Him.
Perhaps you doubt God will provide you the answer. Typically, we don’t like nor want to wait for God. Our impatience is profound. Impatience has permeated our culture to the point that we are unwilling to wait more than a few seconds or minute. We want what we want, and we wanted it immediately.
We hear that God works in His time. We agree it is so. Yet we won’t wait with Him. Is it any wonder we find ourselves going down paths that don’t work out for us? We are to put God first in all things. That means waiting for His answers, especially when we have a big decision to make.
I pray we all seek God for answers. I pray we wait patiently for Him to guide us. I pray each one of us will put God’s plan ahead of our own. Seek God. Wait patiently. Put God first. Know the He will provide.
Matthew 7:7-8“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”