March 28, 2017

Joshua 1:8 (NLT) — 8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

Asking questions is a good way to learn. I believe God built curiosity into little children so that they would ask questions to learn. My granddaughter Vesper asks many questions like; why do I have to eat this, why can’t I have a cookie now, why is the moon so bright at night, why do I have to go to bed, why can’t I color on the walls, why, why, why? I actually love answering her questions because I know that is the way she learns.

I think Vesper takes after her grandma Cleo in the question department. Cleo was raised on a farm and her dad  had some milk cows that he milked by hand. As the story goes little three year old Cleo would wander out to the barn when her daddy was milking and she would ask question after question until daddy would get just a little irritated and he would point the cows teat at Cleo and squeeze it and shoot her in the face with milk:) True story; you can confirm it with Cleo the next time you see her.

The point is we learn by asking questions. After I had my reloading press set up and was reloading my bullets I ran into two problems; my brass wouldn’t line up so that I could put in the primer and the plunger going into the brass would stick. I ended up calling the company that made the press and I asked them how I could fix the problems. Right away they knew what I needed to do and when I followed their instructions I was back producing bullets.

Our memory verse says that we are to  study the bible or the book of instruction. Certainly part of good studying is asking questions. Years ago a when I was much younger a pastor who was a friend of my father gave me and index card with questions on it. He said I should go through a short book of the bible,(like Philippians), a paragraph at a time or a verse at a time, and ask these questions. He said that by doing this I would learn what the bible wanted to teach me. He was right. Here are the questions he gave me:

  1. Is there a promise for me to claim?
  2. Is there a command for me to obey?
  3. Is there an example for me to follow?
  4. Is there a warning of danger for me to heed?
  5. Is there a principle to apply?
  6. Is there a key verse for me to memorize?
  7. How will I apply what I just learned?

Try it out on a paragraph of your choice just try it out on our memory verse and see what you come up with. Be as curious as a little child when it comes to asking questions of scripture and you will find it yields excellent answers.

Be Inspired Hilltop!



  1. Mary Anne Frank says

    Jesus said we need to be like little children to inherit the kingdom of God. (Matt 18: 3-4) Little children are not afraid to ask the questions…even the hard ones. They are not afraid to express their fears or their joys. God knows the answers to all of our hard questions and our fears. He is patiently waiting to hear what is on our hearts. It’s all about a relationship with Him….why are we often afraid to ask or express what is on our heart? He’s waiting……