What Would You Ask God?
What Would You Ask God?
Jul 13, 2017
"My Thought for Your Day" by Paul Minzlaff
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I recently overheard the following conversation: “If you were asked the question, ‘Who would you like to meet and interview someday,’ who might you choose?” The most likely responses people would have are a president, sports figure or a noted humanitarian. Interviewing God would not be a name that would appear on most peoples’ “short list.” But for the sake of our story today, let’s assume you were given the most incredible fifteen minutes of your life – an interview of God. As we all know, God is pretty busy these days so the only thing He requested is we keep the interview to only three questions.
As you can imagine, I was a little unprepared for this opportunity and I hope that my questions will help you gain a better understanding about the Creator and Savior of this world.
- I started with an easy and maybe a bit of a selfish question: “What will bring me joy and have me worry less?” God said, “People focus on what they think will bring them happiness; job titles, money, material goods and the like. People are so driven by ‘stuff’ that they miss enjoying the present moment in time. Laughter, love and learning are My gifts to you daily. When your achievements fail, you blame Me and you become anxious about tomorrow and your future. I wish you would trust Me more. Your worry has you miss the joy that is available today – I call this My ‘precious present.’”
- Question 2 had me wanting to know more about love, so I kept the question broad and simply asked: “Tell me about love.” God said, “People desire love more than anything in their life. I think my words in 1 John 4 sum up My thoughts quite nicely: ‘Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us; He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us we also ought to love on another.’ If you let love flow out of your heart and into the lives of those around you – I will provide you an abundance of love that will never end.”
- So I was left with my final question. I had so much I wanted to know from God and so little time left with Him. My third and final question: “God, what do you want from me?” God smiled and with a cheerful grin He said, “I don’t want anything from you, I only want you to accept what I have already provided for you – eternal life. Let’s keep talking frequently, I am always available. Keep my commandments in mind when making choices. I have given you free will – a mind of your own, so don’t forget to seek Me with a contrite heart, while seeking My forgiveness. Finally, don’t be selfish with your life. Tell others of Me and the peace and joy I provide you daily. Do not let fear zap your strength. Fear will make cowards of my people, but I, your Lord, have great plans for your life. Always remember, you can’t learn if you think you already know.”
Suddenly, I was jolted back to reality, the alarm clock once again ringing its familiar tune. Something seemed a bit different this morning. I felt an inner peace that was normally not present in the dawn of a new day. What was it that I dreamed last night? Guess I will never know.
Thoughts to Encourage
- Choose to focus on the battles out in front of you, not the ones behind you.
- You can’t learn, if you already know.