Most of us have heard it said over and over again that, “There’s no such thing as a bad question.”
I understand the intent behind the statement, but I disagree with it on a number of levels, one of them being Biblical.
I watched this sermon by Holly Furtick yesterday called, “I’m Just a Girl” (http://elevationchurch.org/sermons/im-just-a-girl/) and it was exactly what I needed to hear. Holly talked about Mary and how when God called Mary to be the mother of the Son of God, Mary asked Gabriel a question,
“How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
Holly made the point that Mary wasn’t doubting God–she was merely saying, “Okay, awesome. How? What’s this going to look like?”
In response, Gabriel explains to Mary how she’ll become pregnant by God’s very Spirit. Whoa. Cool.
We know that Mary’s question wasn’t doubtful because of how differently things went down for Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, and her husband, Zechariah. Zechariah was also told that he was going to miraculously have a child, but he asked Gabriel a different question,
“How can I be sure?” In other words, “Really?”
And then Gabriel told him that because of his lack of belief, Zechariah would lose his ability to speak until the day his miracle child was born. Whoa. Harsh.
Sometimes we ask the wrong questions.
I highly recommend watching the sermon, but I want to quickly share the main thing I took away from Holly’s message:
Sometimes we ask God to tell us what to do with our lives. “GOD, HELP WHAT DO I DO? Make the path clear, Jesus!” And then we wait. And wait. And complain because it seems like God isn’t answering us. And then we wait some more.
But sometimes we’re asking God the wrong questions.
Sometimes God has already told us what our next step should be, but we didn’t like that step, or we decided that we needed to wait for the whole plan to be clear before we moved a single inch. Sometimes we pray for clarity and God’s actually waiting for us to move in on the opportunities he’s already set before us. He usually doesn’t give us the whole map, just one specific direction to follow, and when we can handle the first one, he’ll give us the next, and when we can handle that one, he’ll give us another.
The only prerequisites for being used by God are a willing heart and the courage to take the next step.
What’s your next step?
Holly’s message: http://elevationchurch.org/sermons/im-just-a-girl/