Four Key Questions

Steve and I are working at decluttering in our attic. In the course of that, I came across an envelope with personal Bible time journal pages from 30 years ago. At that time I was using a small 3 ring notebook for what I wrote regarding Bible time each day. Obviously I took the pages out when the binder was full and stored them in this envelope. On each journal page was the verse I picked and copied from my reading for the day and my thoughts concerning that verse.

Also at the top of each page, I had written out these four questions:

How is this to build faith?

How am I to trust God in this?

How can I see Christ in this?

What kind of character will it build?

I wrote those questions out each day because I wanted to learn them by heart. Then I desired to use them in situations in which I found myself, especially difficult situations, where I would struggle with a good attitude. Looking for the positive in the midst of a storm helps pull us through the gale. It gives purpose and meaning to something that otherwise seems futile and distressing. 

Think about each of these questions and how they would relate to turning your mind from thoughts that will keep you in anxiety or self pity to ones that set your mind on the One Who will carry you through the problem.

How is this to build faith? “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). As we face trials, we want our faith to grow not be shipwrecked.

How am I to trust God in this? “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). We have so many promises in Scripture that we can turn to as we trust God in those times of hardship. 

How can I see Christ in this? “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood” (Revelation 1:5). There are so many ways to do this from recalling how He interacted with people and dealt with difficult things when He walked the earth to the core of Who the God/Man is to Who He is in my life and much more. 

What kind of character will it build? “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1:2-4). God wants to grow us through our tribulations.

Maybe these questions are ones you would like to learn and ask yourself as you face difficult tasks or situations. If so, start writing them at the top of your Bible journal page for the day and before long they will be memorized, or just memorize them. With the questions in your mind, go through each one when you face that trial. Even better would be to briefly write the situation out and the answer to each question in another journal. I didn’t do that, so 30 years later I can’t tell you the times I used those questions, the details of the struggle, nor my answers. I wish I had notebooks filled with all of that. I think that would have been an even greater discovery!

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