Friday, February 11th, 2011
Who To Ask
And they reasoned among themselves, saying, 'It is because we have no bread."
Mark 8:16 (NKJV)
If I had a dollar for every time I've tried to figure, reason, speculate or talk through a confusing situation, I would be wealthy. In today's scripture, Jesus warns His disciples about the leaven (the words) of the Pharisees, which will spread, spoil and grow sin. He uses a parable that His disciples don't understand.
Instead of asking Jesus, the Speaker of the parable and Source of all truth, 'They reasoned among themselves.' Perhaps they were afraid to go directly to Jesus. Perhaps they did not want to look foolish. So, they talked with each other to no avail.
How many times have we had problems, dilemmas, misunderstandings or confusion, and we ask everyone but the Source?
Go to the Source. The Bible is clear about Who to ask. In the human realm, go directly to your brother. 'If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone' (Matthew 18:15). Don't talk to others about him. That's gossip. Talk to him first.
Beyond that, reasoning among ourselves is a roundabout path that leads nowhere. Go to the Top.
Go to God. Ask God every big, small and confusing thing. God is a detail God. Read Leviticus or Numbers to see how important details are to God. Think of the complexity of the human body, all forms of life, billions of people, their dreams and our world.
Under God, go to a wise counselor. Who is the wisest and most godly person you know?
God is Who to ask.