Asking the right questions might get the right answers!
As Christians we might find ourselves asking the question – ‘Why isn’t there more power?’ It is a good question to ask. After all, if God is who we believe Him to be, surely there is more to be found. Yet, while some are willing to ask the question others are reluctant. It could be because they already know the answer and do not like it.
The Answer to the Question of Power
The answer of course is ‘us’. We are the reason there isn’t more power. It should be a foregone conclusion really! Especially if you truly consider God.
We are walking in covenant with a perfect God, omnipotent, that is, all powerful and all knowing, who else can we blame? And yet it is not really about blame at all. We just need to find answers. Being willing to ask the question comes first.
Now before you begin to wonder whether I understand ‘who we are in Christ’, let me resolve something. Seeking for more is not a question of shame or guilt, but the natural outcome of having tasted and seen. The pursuit of God is the obvious posture of anyone who has experienced His goodness. But let’s return to the question… if there is more, and there is, why is it so illusive?The pursuit of God is the obvious posture of anyone who has experienced His goodness. Click To Tweet
Believe me when I say it is only hidden to be found. As it is written, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.” – Proverbs 25:2. It is all part of a test. It answers the question God is asking when He says ‘Who wants more?’ Since He will not cast pearls before swine He gauges our willingness to flush this thing out. So it is really not a question of guilt or shame, but passion and hunger.
A Grand Quest
We can give ourselves to many pursuits but none are as worthy as this Grand Quest. To long to know the fulness of God and his beauty, is the Great Expedition. When we consider all of the pursuits men give themselves to, and how often they do it with extreme diligence and sacrifice, one should wonder why the same feverish passion is not poured out for the Pearl of Great Price – Jesus (Matthew 13:45-46).To long to know the fulness of God and his beauty, is the Great Expedition. Click To Tweet
The relentless pursuit of God is a characteristic that has marked the most precious saints of old. Abraham was remembered as one who continuously sought. While other men were preoccupied with safety and refuge of the city made with hands, He sought one made without hands eternal in the heavens.
“By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” –Hebrews 11:9-10
In the end the Spirit of God rewards that pursuit saying, “I am you exceeding and great reward”–Genesis 15:1. The reward is not gold, long life or cities. God declares Himself to be the ultimate prize. What could be better?
So let’s conclude by setting the record straight. It is not unbelief that drives one to continually seek for more of God, it is faith. Faith will not ignore the question. Faith asks! Because it knows there is more to be found.It is not unbelief that drives one to continually seek for more of God, it is faith. Click To Tweet
Furthermore, faith will not compromise the perfection of God. It knows He cannot be wrong. Resting on the fact that ‘it is impossible for God to lie’ it confidently begins every quest knowing man is the weakest link. This does not diminish man so much as it elevates God.
Still, some are not ready for the answer and therefore cannot ask the question. Those still struggling with guilt and insecurity are paralyzed by the thought of being culpable. The very idea of failure darkens their hearts and minds. Escaping it requires a death to self-confidence. In this faith wins the day. It is neither discouraged or left hopeless since it never had confidence in the flesh to begin with (Philippians 3:3).
So let me leave you with this final thought. Ask questions and ask them of yourself. We face immense possibilities in this relentless divine quest before us. The prospect of knowing the great treasure which is Jesus Christ and all that is in Him awaits us. So become comfortable with the view that does not quit, is not disillusioned and which does not point fingers at anyone but the man in the mirror.