While we struggle with the countless questions of each day (what food to buy, what to say to the boss, how to spend my money, etc, etc), we don’t ever want to lose track of the questions about things that always and ultimately matter, the life-and-death questions about meaning, purpose, and value.
Frederick Buechner, one of my favorite writers, says there is perhaps no stronger reason for reading the Bible than that somewhere among all those pages there awaits each one of us, whoever we are, the one question that is the central question for each us.
Maybe one of these questions is the very one that God has for you today. … Grab it; wrestle with it; put it way down inside of your knower and then go out there and spread some love!
• For what will it profit you if you gain the whole world but lose your soul? (Matthew 16:26)
• Am I my brother’s keeper? (Genesis 4:9)
• If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)
• What is truth? (John 18:38)
• How can anyone be born after having grown old? (John 3:4)
• What do people gain from all the toil at which they toil under the sun? (Ecclesiastes 1:3)
• Where can I go from your Spirit? (Psalm 139:7)
• Who is my neighbor? (Luke 10:29)
• What must I do to inherit eternal life? (Luke 10:25)
Buechner says, “When you hear the question that is your question, then you have already begun to hear much. Whether you can accept the Bible’s answer or not, you have reached the point where at least you can begin to hear it.”