Great explorers went on adventures to discover new or lost parts of the world, and many of their motives varied from wealth, popularity to curiosity or a passion for searching out the forgotten or the unknown. Through hardships of seasons, they keep going, trying to unlock the mysteries of our planet.
Some oceanographers say that 95 percent of the ocean remains unexplored. Since 70 percent of the earth is water that makes the better half of our plant unknown! As I was asking the man at the coffee shop what his take was on Jesus, he said “I believe there is something! But with that (Jesus) there are just too many questions that can’t be answered for me.” And when he asked people, they only would say “just because,” and that isn’t a good enough answer. He went on to say, “Well there are lots of things we don’t know, like energy. We know what it does! But do we know what it is? That thought goes up and down for many things, it acts like gravity, but what is gravity? We see the character of things, and we make our choices or have faith in it! The Holy Bible has been around for thousands of years; many have tried to disprove it only coming to believe in it. The late Cambridge philosophy professor Derek Prince said, “I turned to study the Bible as a professional philosopher — not as a believer — and I commented to myself, ‘At least it can’t be any sillier than some of the other things I’ve heard,’ and to my astonishment, I discovered it had the answer.”
With a great explorer, he would have to decide in his heart to go search for this lost land or thing, right? Then he made an action plan to go after it, whatever it takes, to find what he’s looking for. One day Meriweather Lewis was hunting on one of their journeys with William Clark, and he accidentally got shot by one of his own men. Do you think that would stop him? No, it wasn’t a severe wound so he laid face down in the canoe for a couple of days so they could keep exploring. If he was willing to do this in the physical world, how much more should we be seeking to explore the spiritual world? In 2 Peter 1:1, it says, “to them that hath obtained like precious faith.” The word obtain means to have an action plan; it’s also likened to the point of knocking down something that is in your way. I had to ask myself, “what are you looking for?” What door am I willing to open up and explore what’s inside?
We see the professor held the key; he studied the Bible. The coffee shop man listen to other people’s opinions on Jesus. He said he had something like 15 New Testaments, but he never read them through. Eternity is a long time, and it’s a question we need to ask ourselves about now and not later! Jesus said in Matthew 7:7-8, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Are we finding God in our life? If the answer is no, I have to ask, are we genuinely seeking God in our life? Jesus just said if you seek you will find! What are you looking for or where are you looking? In your mind or the Holy Bible? What are we asking for? What do you talk about all the time? Is that what we’re getting? What door are we knocking on?
Can we fight a drug problem with more drugs? No. You cannot fight confusion with more confusion. Jesus said, “Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil (selfish), know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:9-11) God has opened the door to Him by the blood that Jesus shed on the cross for your sins and mine! Maybe it’s time to stop asking if Jesus died to save us, and start to ask the question why.
The writer is a husband, father, preacher, writer, artist, musician and songwriter. Ben and his wife, Missy, reside with their three sons in St. Marys.