What Is One Answer You Want To Know?

What Is The One Answer You Want To Know?

There are so many questions, yet so little answers.  Have you been waiting on an answer from God about a question that burns deep within?  Seven years ago when our son died, I had a question, “Why?” Oh how I was on a search and mission to discover the answer to the why.  Do you know what happened in my search?  I got further and further away from the answer.  I sank deeper and deeper into the despair of my grief.  My life became utter chaos, everything was out of order nothing was in my control.

In these moments I take matters into my own hand, God so gently whispers into my ear, ‘dear child, if I told you the answer to the why you still wouldn’t understand.  The only answer you need to know is I LOVE YOU.’

There are so many times in the Bible questions were asked and do you know how God responds?  With a another question.  I’ve wondered why does God answer with another question, then it dawned on me.  He answers with a question to reveal the answer within us he already knows.  How well would we understand if he told us the answer?  We understand so much better when we come to the answer ourselves.

I love how God meets us right where we are.

He Sees Us In Our Despair

In Genesis 7-13, God sent an angel to Hagar after she was sent away by Sarai and asks her- “Where have you come from and where are you going?” God already knew the answer yet asked anyway, to give her a very important message.  God sees us in our despair.  In God, He reveals himself as El-Roi, the God who sees us.

He Sees Us When We Hide

In Genesis 3:9-13, God asks Adam and Eve, “Where are you?” after they ate the forbidden fruit.  He then asked, “What is this you have done?”  God already knew the answer yet asks the questions anyway, to let them know, hey I’m God, I know and see everything, there is nowhere you can hide where I can’t see you (Jeremiah 23:16-24).

He Meets Us in Our Unbelief

In Mark 9:14-29, Jesus approaches a situation of a crowd arguing and asks a few questions, “What are you arguing about?” “How long have I been with you?” A father desperately wants healing for his son who is possessed by a demon.   Right before Jesus arrived, the disciples were there trying to cast out the demon but were unsuccessful.  Jesus asks the father, “How long has this been happening to him?” The father responds, “But if you can do anything….”  Wow IF you can?  Jesus knew all the answers to every single question yet the crowd and disciples didn’t even know what they are arguing about until Jesus draws out the answer.

'All things are possible for one who believes.' Mark 9:23Click To Tweet

Don’t you wish God had a telephone number you could call him up at anytime, ask him any question and he provided an immediate answer?

In all of these situations, God knows the answer.  He knows what’s in our hearts.  He sees what we’re going through and what we’re struggling with.  He pursues us.  Meets us where we are and yet we still pursue the answer to what we want to know.

There is no harm in pursuing answers to our questions, but when the pursuit of the answer consumes us and brings more despair, maybe it's time we give our pursuit to God.Click To Tweet

We let him lead us so we can hear what He has to say.  We allow Him to ask us the questions so we can discover the deeper answer within us.

God is close to the broken-hearted.  Our brokenness draws us closer and nearer to him to hear him.  We may not always like God’s plans or what He has to say, but know the only answer we need to know is He LOVES US.  He knows what’s best for us.  We may not like it or want it, but know God is good all the time and desires the best for us.  There may be times when we suffer but know God knows the way through our suffering.  Jesus suffered too.  If anyone knows anything about suffering, it’s God.

Only God can turn our suffering into a door of hope.  Into His glory.  Into His greatest blessings.

What is the one answer you want to know?

Where has the search for the Answer led you?

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10 replies
  1. Jo Lynn
    Jo Lynn says:

    I too have lost a child and wondered so many whys. At the time, I was most worried about the fact that she didn’t know anyone who had died – she would be all alone in Heaven! (Makes a lot of sense, I know… but that was one of the things I thought about a lot.) Eventually, Ecclesiastes helped me see that everything that had happened to me has happened many times before in history. Many mothers have lost their children. His truths are the same yesterday and today. I started thinking of this time away from my daughter as the time that Jesus is sort of babysitting for me – taking care of her while I finish my assignment here (to raise her siblings in Christ so that we all reunite in Heaven someday… that includes her two new siblings that she’s never met). I realize that it is me who is the babysitter – temporarily in charge of God’s children, but sometimes what makes us feel better are silly thoughts like that.

    • Heather Gillis
      Heather Gillis says:

      Yes! I realized after our son died, that God entrusts us with them, they are not mine but his. I’m so thankful he is safe in the arms of Jesus and I will see him again one day. Children are such a gift. I’m so sorry for your loss and pray you keep receiving his many wonderful gifts from above!

    • Heather Gillis
      Heather Gillis says:

      Yes waiting for God to answer can be tough and sometimes its not even the answer we’re asking for. One thing God has reminded me of, even if he told me the answer, I still might not understand and to trust that the only answer I need to know, is He loves me and has my best intentions at heart. Thank you for your comment!

  2. Susan
    Susan says:

    I, too, love how God meets us right where we are. I needed to be reminded of the truth and wisdom you’ve written about. Thank you.

  3. Hamza Hassan
    Hamza Hassan says:

    The main reason we never see God working in our lives is because we never hang in long enough for Him to show us His power. Losing a child is heartbreaking indeed and it looks like your whole world is falling apart before your eyes. When it’s our time to join them in Heaven, I’m sure the pain of parting we endured here on earth will be nothing to the joy of meeting them again there in that beautiful world.

    • Heather Gillis
      Heather Gillis says:

      Yes I think many of us miss out on God’s blessings before seeing his awesome power of what He is able to do with our hard situations. I’m so thankful God cared so much for us to send Jesus making it possible to see our loved ones in heaven again one day.

  4. Brandi Michelle
    Brandi Michelle says:

    I do not know the pain of losing a child, and my heart breaks that you had to experience it. I do however know the pain of divorce. I remember when I was in the thick of it that I would ask God “why”. As the old saying goes, He assured me that “you will understand it better by and by”. Though I couldn’t see it at the time, God allowed me to see that it was all for my good.

    • Heather Gillis
      Heather Gillis says:

      Hi Brandi- I’m so sorry you had to go through what you go through, but am so glad God is in the healing and restoration business. We can always trust he is good all the time. Thank you for sharing.

    DONNA MILLER says:

    Heather, I am so sorry for your loss. God is so good, how He never leaves us in our deepest grief. I felt your pain and your hope in this post. Thank you beautiful sister, for writing such a sweet post. Truly beautiful … ❤


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