The Right Answer

"He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him" (Proverbs 18:13).

I learned an important homeschooling secret after many years of teaching — it's more important to ask the right questions than it is to give the right answers. Too many times I piled tons of information on my children that was neither of interest or necessary. My "be prepared" teaching philosophy, which attempted to include every detail on a subject, was burning out my children's love of learning. Clearly, one carefully worded question sparked my children's interest far more than providing all the answers.

Needless to say, this same flaw also caused difficulty for me when witnessing to others. Because the Bible is the answer to people's problems, I attempted to provide all the facts and answers to show them their need for Christ. As I began down the "Romans Road" or shared the "Gospel Hand," I quickly spat out verses thinking I would change their lives. However, the Holy Spirit showed me that it is He who does the convicting in a person's heart. I needed to be sensitive to His leading when witnessing to others. Asking a person carefully worded questions is much more effective in leading someone to the Lord than providing all the right answers.

Do you have a tendency to give more information than necessary when you witness to others? Instead of trying to convince people of their need for Christ with your biblical answers, listen to the Holy Spirit instead. He is the One who has the perfect question to ask that will spark someone's interest in our loving Lord.

Jesus, lead me as I tell others about Your saving love. You have the right answers to everyone's problems, including mine. Help me to ask the kinds of questions that will spark others' interest in You. In Your name, Amen.

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Comments(6 comments)

LYNDA B 03/13/2009 04:32:24

This really touched my heart, it sounds like me before the Lord spoke to my heart. In Jesus Name

MONA P 03/13/2009 12:24:20

You are so right. I most admire those who ask me things and give me time to "ponder" them. I also admire those who take time to answer/respond to things, even if it looks like they have to think about it because they don't know the answer. It is probably the opposite. They want to soak it in and answer thoroughly, making sure they truly heard the question or information that was being posed. I have a friend that has always been like this. To me, it shows the patience of Christ. I am often too quick to jump in with the pretense of impressing someone with my knowledge of the scriptures. Lord, help me to put on Your mind, Your ways, Your love, and everything about You. Thanks for this devotion. The Lord knew I needed to HEAR it. :-) (Isaiah 51 says several times, "Listen to me..."; let me listen, Lord!)

PAMELA M 03/13/2010 06:43:26

Thank you for this writing. It has inspired me today!

K C 03/18/2010 04:33:58

Wow, I just have to say thank you to you and the Lord for speaking through you each and everyday! I just signed up a couple weeks ago because we are considering something computer based for a child I homeschool and wow, I did not expect to get such wonderful words poured into my box each day. I really appreciated your words and looking for your daily focus. God is really using your words to touch our hearts!

CARIN M 03/13/2011 07:32:45

I have this problem with pointing out people's sin in their lives that happens to be hurting me at that moment. Thank you for sharing. I think it applies to reaching their hearts in moments of confrontation too. Thank you.

NINA W 03/13/2011 08:07:21

I'm very new here at AOP, and just in the few days that I have been a part of your community I have been touched beyond words by your words. God lead me to your community and I'm very pleased for that!! Thank you and God Bless

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