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Life as a series of questions.
Russian author Anton Chekhov wrote a piece called “Life as a Series of Questions and Exclamations”, which examines each of the succeeding stages of life by a number of questions and exclamations. This gives the sense of life being a series of questions in a fallen world.
The Christian life is no different. We find ourselves asking question after question, and wanting answers and solutions. Sometimes we see life as a series of problems we want to fix. But isn’t it true that we never get all the answers and we never get all the problems solved? You see this in every area: trying to get everything fixed around the house; one thing gets fixed and something else breaks. There’s a sense in which the Lord is reminding us that we’re not home. Everything is not going to get fixed until Jesus comes back. So don’t get too at home and don’t try to make Heaven on earth, as this world is decaying and passing away.
Don’t we find ourselves asking questions throughout our Christian lives? We begin with “what must I do to be saved?” and the Lord really works in our hearts. But after we come to Christ, we still have many questions: “How can I overcome this sin?”; “Why is this happening to me?” The Psalmist says “how long, O Lord?”
There’s a sense in which life is about asking questions. In this morning’s passage, the disciples ask a question of Jesus; a straightforward question. He chooses not to answer it; He replies, but doesn’t give a direct answer. But the reply is better, because they got a better benefit from His reply. The ultimate goal of life is not to find all the answers to all your questions. The ultimate goal and purpose of life is to find the One who has all the answers to all your questions. You find Him when you don’t have all the answers.