Saturday, August 06, 2016

Avoid Foolish Questions

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Memory Verse: "But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain." (Tit.3:9, KJV)

Scripture Reading: Titus 3:1-15.

Our days are few, and are far better spent doing good, than in disputing over matters which are, at best, of minor importance.

Who agrees with this truth?

The body of Christ suffers from petty wars over abstruse points and unimportant questions. After everything has been said that can be said, neither party is wiser, and therefore the discussion no more promotes knowledge than love, and it is foolish to sow in so barren a field.

Questions upon points wherein Scripture is silent; upon silent mysteries which belong to God alone; upon prophecies of doubtful interpretation; and upon mere modes of observing human ceremonials, are all foolish, and wise men avoid them. 

Our business is neither to ask nor answer foolish questions, but to avoid them altogether and if we observe the apostle's precept in Titus 3:8 to be careful to maintain good works, we will find ourselves far too occupied with profitable business to take much interest in unworthy, contentious, and needless strivings.

There are, however, some questions which are reverse of foolish, which we must not avoid, but fairly and honestly meet, such as these: Do I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ? Am I renewed in the spirit of my mind? Am I walking not after the flesh, but after the Spirit? Am I growing in grace and in the knowledge of God? Does my conversation (both private and public) portray me as a child of God? Am I looking for the coming of the Lord, and watching as a servant should do who expects his master? What more can I do for Jesus? Such enquiries as these urgently demand our attention; and if we have been at all given to trivialities, let us now turn our critical abilities to a service so much more profitable. Let us be peacemakers, and endeavour to lead others both by our precept and example, to 'avoid foolish questions.'

Ponder Point: The only true wisdom is in knowing that you know nothing. 

Action Point: Avoid foolish questions.

Prayer Point: Heavenly Father, as Your child, foolishness may sometimes be in my heart but Lord I pray, that Your rod of correction which is Your Word will drive foolishness far from me. Let the wisdom genes that are in Your word make me wise so as to rightly discern which questions to ask and answer in Jesus name, Amen.

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