Albert Einstein, one of the world’s brightest minds said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence.” The truth is when curiosity strikes and we begin to ask questions, something amazing happens in our brains. According to neuroscientists (like those out of Colombia University Center of Decision Science in an online paper, February 2017), questions trigger a mental reflex that hijacks the brain and seeks an answer. See our brains are not hardwired just to perform the same function, but God created us to think, reason, and learn! We were blessed with curiosity, to ask a lot of questions.
We see this natural curiosity with kids. Little kids have a lot of questions. I was out in our local grocery store picking up a few things and a frustrated mom hurriedly passed me in the narrow store aisle. She stopped right before me, frantically scanning the shelves. Yet what caught my attention was her little daughter who was expressing her blessed curiosity with a thousand questions: “Mommy, why are bananas yellow? Why is it called peanut butter when it doesn’t come from a cow? If sugared cereal is so bad for me, why does the store have it? Can worms burp? How come you always seem mad when you come shopping?” And after that question I choose to push on. Little kids have great questions, just ask any kindergarten teacher. It’s how we learn. Actually, one of the best paths of learning is to ask questions.
Asking good, probing questions is what helpful life coaches do. They are not some kind of guru or sage to tell us what to do, but help us discover through asking and answering searching questions. Jesus of the Bible is an amazing life coach as He asked some very good questions:
Matthew 6:27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
Matthew 7:3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
Matthew 7:15-16 15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?
Matthew 14:28-31 28 And Peter answered Him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out His hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Matthew 16:26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life?
These questions make us think. Some may have even hijacked your brain for a moment and opened the door of curiosity towards God, life, and faith. That’s great, and we should ask a lot of questions, especially seeking to understand God, faith, and the amazing life He has for us. The Bible encourages us to think!
Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
‘By testing’ means to ask questions. Yes, even the tough questions, for God is more than able to handle our curiosity. What tough questions come to your mind about God, faith, and life? Are any of those questions emotionally charged? If so, why?? Hmmm, some good interesting questions to ponder.
I know, for me, I don’t want to get too stressed or too intense that I don’t continue to be inquisitive. I used to get into a lot trouble by asking a lot of questions. I know some of the asking was to get attention, but mostly, I want to learn. There are so many interesting and intriguing realities in our world that fascinate me. As well, the more and more I learn of God, the more immense He becomes to me and the more insight I gain for life.
Let’s keep letting our brains be a bit hijacked by asking good questions.
Church is an amazing place to ask good questions and seek answers about God, faith and life. If you do not already attend a church, we would love to invite you to Cypress Church or one of our branch churches. We are just now starting a teaching series about the intense questions Jesus asked. We would love for you to join us. Our web site has all the information for all our campuses: www.cypresschurch.net . Why not give church a try?
Being curious with good questions along with you,