Proverbs 8:4-9


To you, O men, I call, and my voice is to the sons of men.

O you simple ones, understand prudence, and you fools, be of an understanding heart.

Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, and from the opening of my lips will come right things;

For my mouth will speak truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; nothing crooked or perverse is in them.

They are all plain to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge.








by Darrin Faris


Since childhood we all have been compelled to ask questions. Many answers we have heard through the years have surely failed to meet our expectations and oftentimes have fallen short of satisfying our burning curiosities. As children many times our parents responded to our questions of "Why?" by simply saying "Because I said so."


Does our existence make us worthy of the answers to all questions in life? Do we need or deserve to know the answers to all questions or the reasons why things are the way they are? Is a "show me" mentality necessary for all things? In a society that encourages the aggressive pursuit of answers,  very often an unquestioning faith in God is looked upon as being a sign of weakness. Nothing could be farther from the truth.


Joshua was asked to not only believe the seemingly impossible, he was told to do the impossible. Joshua was a man highly trained in military strategy, battle techniques, and the effective use of weapons of war. When faced with the task of destroying a city like Jericho, his mind most assuredly filled with plans of attack, weapons, casualties, and all other concerns faced by any military commander. However, this military man was instructed to march around the city of Jericho once each day for six days and then seven times on the seventh day followed by shouting and the sounding of trumpets. How did this military man react to such a ridiculous notion? He reacted with complete obedience resulting in one of the most crushing military defeats in history.


Noah was asked to build a large vessel to carry his family to safety from an impending world-wide flood. In addition to his own wife, his three sons and their wives, Noah was to take males and females of all animals of the earth into this ark. All else would be destroyed by water leaving Noah and his family to replenish the earth. This was all to occur by flooding from beneath the earth and rains from above, a phenomenon which prior to this time had never been seen. How does a man react to such instructions? Did he question the impossibility of water coming from beneath the earth and from the heavens above? Did he question his own ability to fulfill his role in the plan? During the building of the ark he surely grew weary of the ridicule he must have heard by all those around him. Why would anyone require such a large vessel on dry land? Noah's reaction to God's spoken word, no matter how questionable it might have seemed, was "according to all that God commanded him, so he did." A complete understanding of the impending events was not required prior to Noah's obedience.


A young woman having never been with a man was told she would soon bear a son. She was told her child would become the Savior of the world and that her son would indeed be "the Son of God." The absurdity of such a notion from a physical standpoint was obvious. Such a conception was nothing less than miraculous and she knew it. The sociological ramifications of her motherhood outdistanced even the physical impossibility of this birth. Mary and her betrothed husband-to-be were from Nazareth, a city generally spoken of with great scorn, and the two of them were quite poor. Their financial standing, their heritage, and their social status in the world made their giving birth to the Son of the Almighty God a questionable notion to say the least. Upon receiving this news from the angel Gabriel her initial response was a simple question of "How?" A simple explanation was given leaving her with only one final response: "Let it be to me according to your word." How can this incredible notion be received with such little concern for the 'hows' and the 'whys?' The answer is simple. The faith of Mary and Joseph surpassed their desire for complete understanding.


            The young man in the cartoon questions the usefulness of at least a portion of his education. Perhaps he is simply desiring to know why such an effort is needed for something that to him is useless. God's instructions and requests have at times seemed questionable. However, history tells us that rather than questioning God's decisions, an increase in faith may be the answer. We do not need to know why everything is the way it is. We don't need to understand the reasoning behind God's decisions.


            Perhaps with a faith like Joshua, Noah, Mary and Joseph, the only answer we would ever need might be "Because God said so."



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LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty.


Neither do I concern myself with great matters, nor with things too profound for me.


Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.


Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and forever.


            (Psalm 131:1-3)