Don't Be Afraid to Ask Questions

Don't Be Afraid to Ask Questions

"'What have I done now?' said David [to his brothers]; `I merely asked a question.'"—I Sam. 17:29 (Moffatt)

An old poem goes:

I have six honest serving men.
They taught me all I know.
Their names are What and Where and When
And Why and How and Who.

One good sign of intelligence is asking questions. Not embarrassing questions, such as little brother or sister might ask in front of company, but just curious questions.

A six-year-old girl asked such an embarrassing question. When a friend of her mother's arrived at the front door, the girl asked: "How long is she going to stay?" Actually she was just asking the question that was in her mind.

As far as we know, animals do not question. They simply accept the world and the universe as they find it. Likely no snake or squirrel or monkey ever gazed at the moon and asked itself: How far is it away? or, Is it really made of green cheese?

Human beings were meant to ask questions. Take away this power and we become less than human.

The Bible is full of great questions. David, the shepherd boy, bringing his older brothers rations, asked them concerning the giant Goliath, "Why doesn't somebody do something to this pagan who insults the Lord God?" When they reprimanded their kid brother for this remark, he said, "All I did was ask a question." His question led him to King Saul and eventually to Israel's throne.

One man came to Jesus with a burning question: "What must I do to be saved?"

The only mention of Jesus as a boy that we find in all four Gospels was the scene in the Temple. His parents found him, twelve years old, asking the learned teachers there questions they couldn't answer. Perhaps he asked them Why and What and When.

James Isaac Newton, the great English scientist who is ranked along with Albert Einstein, was sitting in his garden one day. An apple fell thump! to the ground. He asked himself: Why does an apple fall down? Why doesn't it fall up? Why, why, why? Out of these questions in the garden came our ideas about gravity and attraction of physical bodies.

All our great scientific advances have come from questions and answers to these questions.

Also all our great advances in medicine, law, politics, and religion came because somebody dared to ask questions. Many men have died because they asked embarrassing questions of unjust rulers.

Every thinking person should ask questions, too, about them­selves. These questions are the greatest and most important of all. Such as:

Why am I? What am I here for? What does God want me to do? How will I make a living? Where should I live? Whom should I marry?

If you are like most boys and girls, you want to know the answer to these badly. How you answer them will determine what kind of person you'll be.

The Bible gives us the great answers to our questions. Jesus especially gives us the best ones. Read the answers he gave to questioners he faced, and you'll find your own answers there in print.

Keep asking questions. Never stop. And someday you'll find the answers you want. For Jesus said, "Ask, and it will be given."

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