Many retail stores and professional offices have their customers and patrons fill out an introductory form so that their personal information may be added to the company’s database. One common question is, “How did you find out about us?”
Recently, I came across an amusing answer to this query. I was reviewing a skin biopsy on a patient. As I was perusing the patient information sheets that accompanied the biopsy requisition, I spied this question and the patient’s answer, “I work here.” I flipped the sheets to the page that had the patient’s name and discovered that it was the office manager for this dermatologist’s office! I chuckled as I thought about how obvious and unnecessary that question was for this patient, who works in this office, to answer.
There are many questions that are asked of us to which the answer seems obvious, but only because we know the answer. But there are other questions that are asked of us that should seemingly have an equally obvious answer, but often result in confusion and even anger. “Do you believe in God?” is a sure fire starter.
The Apostle Paul and Silas were chained and imprisoned in a jail in the city of Philippi. They responded to their harsh circumstances by singing hymns and praying, witnessing to everyone in the prison. When an earthquake shook the prison, freeing the prisoners, the Philippian jailer was about to kill himself when he thought his prisoners had escaped during the earthquake. Paul and Silas cried out to the jailer and reassured him that they had not escaped and were still there. This dramatic turn of events compelled the jailer to ask the question that everyone should ask.
Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Acts 16:30-31 (ESV)
I pray that someday the answer to the jailer’s question will be as obvious to everyone!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.