The Value of Questions
by Alan and Clarice Smith 3 May 2021
Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb.... He saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and went away, wondering to himself what had happened. Luke 24:12 (NIV)
'Why is this? Why is that? All of us from time to time must surely have been bombarded with questions about most topics from either our own children, grand children, nieces or nephews. We know it is the way we learn.
On resurrection morning, Peter did the same thing. He rushed to investigate as soon as he heard the women tell of all they had seen and heard. He went right into the tomb and found it empty except for the strips of linen lying there, and it had a profound impact on him. Peter wanted answers to his questions, because this was something completely outside his experience or expectations.
In his letter Peter wrote to other believers much later we can see the faith-building answers he had found and how he passed them on in his vibrant testimony. 'Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope!
We all have puzzling questions, but in the Bible and in prayer we can ask God to open our eyes to see, our minds to understand and our spirits to believe. Indeed, as the hymn states, all my hope on God is founded
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Eternal God, help us to look into your word to find answers to our questions, so that we can grow in faith and in understanding. Our prayer we ask in Jesus' name. Amen