Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why. (Bernard Baruch)
For many, faith seems to come somewhat easily. Perhaps parents taught them the essentials of Christianity and they readily accepted them as truth. The apple falls to the ground and that’s simply enough for them.
For others, that’s not the case. Because someone said so, or because the Bible says so isn’t sufficient for them. There’s an internal questioning, a desire to understand more before accepting.
Surprisingly, God seems to welcome both! Of course He’s joyful over a child that accepts Him without questions. However, He also welcomes Prodigal Sons and Women at the Well. Frequently Scripture tells us to discern what we hear (e.g., 1 John 4:1) and to be like the Bereans who examined what they heard from Paul against Scripture (Acts 17:11).
Dozens of times Scripture encourages us to “seek the Lord.” One of them reveals a close connection between such seeking and understanding:
The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. (Psalm 14:2)
To “seek” means to inquire, study, or investigate. God is not afraid of nature or science – He created nature, so the study of it doesn’t concern Him. At the end of the day, however, there will always be gaps in our understanding – gaps that require elements of faith to believe.
God knows the way He created us; He can handle our questions. Take yours to Him today. –Dave
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