1 Thessalonians 5:21 but test everything; hold fast what is good.
I remember as a kid I had an insatiable curiosity. I wanted to know about everything and anything. Why do some plants grow great in one area and not in others? What holds an atom together? Why can’t people get along? What is love? Why do some people choose to be hurtful to others? How does a magnet work? Why does most every known society on earth have some form of faith? Do worms yawn? Over the years, I have gained many answers to my inquiries, but that bent towards curiosity continues to compel me to find answers.
Now, sometimes that curiosity got me into trouble. Like the time I touched a live wire on some electrical appliance I chose to take apart because I was curious as to how it worked. Yes, it was still plugged in! Let’s just say I gained a new respect for electricity and how to make sure all power is off and unplugged when I work on an electrical appliance. Curiosity can lead to more than just a little electrical shock. Curiosity was and continues to be an enticing opportunity for people to get led astray from God’s good way and His amazing plans (see Jeremiah 29:11, John 10:10) for our lives.
James 1:14-15 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
Proverbs 27:20 Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are human eyes.
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.
So, yes, that phrase “curiosity killed the cat” can be true if it leads us away from God and His great plans for our lives.
Yet, curiosity can be a great encouraging force to move us on in faith. Curiosity can strengthen our belief in God. I know for me, coming from a university professor’s home where my curiosity was welcomed and encouraged, I want to understand and gain more knowledge. I had not heard much of God in our home, but once I did, I sought to know, learn, and understand. The Bible encourages us this way.
2 Peter 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever!
1 Peter 2:2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
Philippians 1:9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,
God wants to be curious about Him and His way of life and to let that interest move us to know more.
Proverbs 2:3-6 Indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Much of our questions and desires to know God and His way of life can be found in the Bible.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
So maybe scratch that itch of curiosity of God and look into His revelation of Himself, the Bible. You may become more and more convinced of Him and His way of life, finding answers to those deeper curiosities you have in life.
Church can be a great place to know God more and to find answers to some of those questions we have of Him and life. If you don’t already have a church you regularly attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. We are continuing a new series walking through the Bible book of John called “Game On – The Thrill of Taking Life to the Next Level.” Our website has all the information you would need: www.cypresschurch.net. There is even a link to a daily devotional that you might enjoy.
Seeking to satisfy my curiosity of God and faith along with you,