Monday Motivator – December 19

Technology has made it too easy at times to find answers. I remember growing up in the 1960’s and searching four avenues for information to questions I had: First, I would ask my parents; Second, consult the dictionary and/or encyclopedia we had in our home; Third, go to the library; Fourth, read magazines like Sports Illustrated to answer sports questions, etc. That was about it.

Today, if you have a computer problem, look up the FAQ’s on your laptop; Curious about a local art exhibit? Look up the info and read the FAQ’s on your mobile device. Wondering about taking care of a roommate who left their dog with you over a long weekend? Check out the FAQ’s. You can find just about anything by reading it’s FAQ’s at the speed you can Google it.

Frequently asked questions are a great way to get answers to a variety of questions. Learning about computers, cameras, weather, relationships, science, and whatever you are interested in is great – but what do you do to find answers to matters of faith and conscience?

The Bible is the best selling book of all time for a reason. People have found real and dependable answers about life, identity, purpose, God, and eternity for centuries in its pages. What does a life well lived look like? You can certainly find answers to spiritual questions on the Web, but I believe we all need to cultivate a growing mastery of the 66 books of Scripture. All of us need satisfying answers to the questions deep inside us that we are often afraid to verbalize. But where do we look to survive spiritually? Consider these questions:

Who is God? Read Psalm 145

How do I deal with life when I feel no one cares for me? Romans 8:39 – “Nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God.”

What do I do when things seem too tough and I can’t figure things out? Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding…”

Who could love me when I have trouble loving myself for all the things I have done? Romans 8:1 and 1 John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us.”

How do I deal with my fear of the present or the future? Read Psalm 23

Which of these FAQ’s hits close to home? How knowledgeable are you of the Bible?

I was talking to a student one day whose mind was racing with the cares and responsibilities of being a college student. He was used to dwelling on the negative aspects of what he faced and could not break free. I suggested reading, meditating on, and memorizing Scripture passages about God and what He offered human beings made in His image. I told Steve that it was not merely thinking about what was written on the pages of Scripture, but recognizing that God wanted to be a part of our lives. His presence made all the difference when we faced doubt, worry, hardship, trouble, suffering, discouragement, and even failure.

Grow devotionally. Make the Bible part of your daily routine. Answers to your FAQ’s are available. Some of them need to be sought out in God’s Word. No question is too hard for God.

Love is a verb,

Mike Olejarz

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