The Desire to Find ANSWERS

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The Desire to Find ANSWERS

The Desire to Find ANSWERS

Everybody has questions they want answered. It’s one of those things that brings us all together, whoever we are.

We like to know, we want to understand, we explore, we evaluate, and we seek knowledge. Yet it’s tough to untangle life’s big questions, like:

❖Why do we exist?

❖What do we really hope for? and

❖Why do many people have it really tough and others find life easy?

Experience is a hard teacher, because she gives the test first and the lessons later. So we conclude that life is complicated, though we would prefer it to be simple. As it is, every way we turn some issue or other confronts us. It’s no wonder that many just try to escape − seeking peace of mind − into the depths of the countryside or elsewhere. And others just decide not to think about such matters and live life day by day, heedless of what might come afterwards – if anything!

Just Surviving

There is something deep inside us that acts as a defence mechanism. Just Surviving in this world - can't be enough, there must be more!We naturally seek to exist; our concern is centred on the next meal, finding a safe place to sleep, having some money in our pocket and protecting our family. This inner drive is common to all life on the planet; it is the way of things: it is natural, instinctive and inbuilt into all life. The way that humans satisfy it is what sets us apart from all other creatures. We have a far greater awareness of life and the awesome capability to comprehend.

How we go about getting fulfilment differs greatly from person to person. Many people aspire to greatness, for example, but only the few achieve it –

❖famous sports champions,

❖business leaders,

❖war heroes,

❖wise investors,

❖world leaders.

These people also acquire riches as well as greatness. There is a gulf between them and people who sleep rough in the street, and the difference can be hard to explain. All of us have the same basic aptitudes, yet we harness them in quite differing ways. And we are developed by the experiences we share and the environment in which we grow up – whether on a pacific island or a busy city.

Constantly Learning

From our birth to our death our brains are constantly receiving and gaining input. If we think of it in computing terms, the brain is like a super computer which assimilates all this information during the course of our lives. As the years pass, more and more levels of input feed the mind and this “experience” is exhibited through our actions, words and instincts. The potency of this constant learning capability when combined with background, ethnicity, parents, experiences, intelligence, environment and gene history shapes our characters. That is what makes you what you are. No wonder the Psalmist said:

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvellous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well (Psalm 139:14).

It is the case, however, that we apply what our minds have acquired in many different ways. We often close our minds to new ideas which conflict with what we have learned. We tend to come with pre-conceptions into every new situation and rely on the same mental tools. Of course, we can adapt to change but as we get older this seems to become more challenging.

Look, for instance, how the young readily embrace new things; but give them a slide rule and they are lost!

Finding what is Best

Having been given the privilege of life, we make of it what we can and we want answers that satisfy us. If we think deeply, it is not surprising that we ask these questions:

❖Why do we exist?Our brian is like a super computer able to take in and analyse all things

❖What hope is there?

❖What is the purpose to our lives?

Where do we go to find answers − Wikipedia, Facebook friends, the internet?

How about the Bible? It has been around far longer than any other reference book. It describes where we came from, where the world is going and what to expect our lives to be like.

It provides a tangible hope and tells us how God will transform this sorry world into a perfect place to live; releasing it from the depressing cycle of conflict in all its ugly forms. God’s invitation to this future perfect world is free, no strings attached.

There is no catch. God doesn’t work like that or think like that.

He simply doesn’t want anyone to miss out on his offer of a perfect life in his never ending kingdom. All He asks for in return is that we alter our lives to reflect the standards that He requires.

We must stop living in a wholly self centred way but must learn to put absolute trust in Him. It’s His way or no way.

God’s Thoughts

God’s standards are not arduous. The only issue is that human thinking is never the same as God’s thinking and we need to learn, from the Bible, how God views human life and the life to come. This conflict between human and divine thinking takes some working out in life. The apostle Paul became a fervent follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, but this is what he said:

I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice… I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin (Romans 7:18–25).

Transformation!

This glimpse into Paul’s inner struggle tells us that although Paul had accepted God into his life he could not entirely get the old way of thinking out of his head. It takes time for us to replace our prejudices and the way that the world thinks with the message that comes from God, in His Word. A little later in the same letter, the apostle offers this advice:

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2).

This is a tough call as it makes us think twice in every circumstance we find ourselves in and starts to lead us towards a single-minded outcome – one in which we put the things of God foremost and learn to practise some self-control. This is what the Bible describes as being a disciple, a dedicated follower of Jesus who made it his life’s mission to follow God’s purpose.

He succeeded, with his Father’s help and so can we. But we need to come to God by learning about Jesus and seeking to follow his example. Jesus said:

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

By all means weigh up the cost of becoming a disciple, but don’t stop there. Weigh up the consequences of not becoming one and you will soon realise there is only one sensible course to follow.

Think about the road you are now on. It leads to a dead end – literally − life will cease and your memory will be forgotten. The other road – God’s Way − leads into endless life and promises an idyllic existence in a perfect world.

Having untangled life’s big questions, grasp hold of what God has promised and progress through life knowing you have a clear vision of perfection.

By David Bilton

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