a splendid day to ask questions.
“But they did not understand this statement and they were afraid to ask Him.” Mark 9:32 NASB
As our children grow, learning is one of the most crucial aspects of their development. We want them to absorb as much knowledge of the world around them as they possibly can. Hopefully, the act of learning, itself, will become something they enjoy, which will enable them to always want to learn more, even after they are grown up and on their own.
While they are going through the process of learning, one of the most valuable primary lessons we need to teach them and make sure they learn is this: “If you don’t understand something, ask questions.” Another thing we tell our children is this: “Be the one who raises your hand, do not be afraid or embarrassed because the person sitting next to you probably wants to raise his or her hand as well.”
While those statements are very straightforward, there are many, many among us who simply do not learn them when we are young, which makes it very difficult to apply them in our lives when we get older. This is unfortunate because we miss many of the things that life has to offer us when we do not understand something and either do not know that it is alright to ask questions, or are simply afraid to ask them.
We are all God’s children and as such we must be aware that learning how to be a child of God is a process that does not stop as long as we are walking on earth. As a learning process, we must ask questions when we do not understand something. We cannot be afraid because we think we might be asking a question for which the answer is obvious. If we do not understand something, we do not understand it – it is just that simple and we must ask. As Paul pointed out in his Second Letter to Timothy, God will help us. “Consider what I say, for the Word will give you understanding in everything.” (2 Timothy 2:7 NASB).
Making sure we ask questions to help us understand things we are having difficulty with is important because with understanding comes rewards. “The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s Word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted.” (Matthew 13:23 NLT).
But Jesus also had this to say about the importance of understanding: “To those who listen to My teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.” (Matthew 13:12 NLT). So listen to what God tries to teach us, and if you don’t understand something, today is a good day to ask questions.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson