When I was a little kid, there were times my Mom or Dad would tell me to do something, and of course, my reply was, Why?  Being a typical kid, I always had to know why, and after tolerating my endless questions for a while, their reply was sometimes “Because I said so…”  To me, that signaled, “end of discussion”.  They didn’t always tell me the reason.  At times I wondered if they even knew why, but if they didn’t, they never let on like it.  You know, it’s always nice to know why, but sometimes it really doesn’t matter, you need to just do it.
    There are a couple times that come to mind:  once was when I was about ten years old, learning to back up our motorboat from shore, Dad said to do it slowly, not to gun the motor when it was in reverse.  He didn’t say why, though.  About that time I gave it a bit too much gas to pull the boat off shore, the water came in over the back of the boat and promptly sunk us in about 3 feet of water.  After pulling the boat back to shore full of water, emptying it out and taking the motor completely apart and drying it out, I knew why.  Another time was in the Army, I had the privilege of being in basic training with probably the dumbest person I ever met.  We were riding in the back of a truck going through the woods and Dummy stood up for some reason.  The old Sarge said “DUCK!!”  He said, “Where’s a duck? I don’t see a duck.”  About that time, he got hit in the back of the head with a tree limb we were passing under.  We all got a good laugh at Dummy’s expense, but the point is, had he simply obeyed, his head would have felt better.
   I’ve always been the curious one, not just satisfied just knowing that something works, but I also want to know how it works, and why it works.  And for the most part, that has served me very well in life.  Most anything you name that can be broken, after consideration of what it is supposed to do, I can usually find a way to fix or improve it.
   Now, when we read in the Bible, it opens a box of endless questions.  And for people like me, it’s like turning a kid loose in a candy factory.  Many questions in the Bible can be answered if you just read the whole book.  Notice I said “many”, not all.  There are some things God didn’t explain to us, for example the creation, what did He make it out of, and where were the pieces stored before He assembled it all?  How did He make the sun, and did it burn His fingers when He hung it in place?  And what about the foundation the universe is laid on? What’s under the foundation?  What’s at the end of outer space?  Surely there must be a flashing neon sign saying “THE END”.  Hmmmm…what is the sign plugged into?  Where can I get a small “black hole” to use for a garbage disposal?  You see, there’s nothing wrong with being curious, but it causes us to lay awake at night questioning things we likely couldn’t understand even if God told us.
   The Bible clearly tells us what sin is, and why we are sinners by nature. The Bible tells us the wages of sin is death, but we don’t have to suffer eternity in hell because the Lord Jesus provided a way out for us. 
Let me rephrase that:  He provided THE ONLY way out of hell for us, in that He sacrificed His own blood for us.  That’s the “how” of it.  But what about the “why”?  That, too, is in the Bible, in John 3:16, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  The next verse tells us, For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.  Here, God told us why He sent Jesus to save us, and that should be the end of the questions, and we should all run to Him to be saved.  That is the simple way and easy way.
   Funny thing; people tend to want to do things the simple and easy way, yet when it comes to dealing with God, they tend to need a tree limb applied to the side the head before they will listen.  There’s a story about a city man who came to visit his country friend.  The country fellow was showing his friend all around his farm, and showed him his favorite mule.  He hooked up a plow to the mule, him to go, but the mule just stood there.  Then came over and smacked the mule upside the head with a baseball bat.  The city guy was astonished and asked his friend why he would do such a thing.  The country fellow said, “This is a good mule, he’s strong and can do a lot of work, but you have to get his attention first….”
   And so it is with us in many cases.  God freely offers us salvation, healing, blessing, peace, prosperity and more, if we will just listen and do what He instructs us.  God truly wants the best for us, but we’re hard-headed like mules sometimes, and it takes a special “nudge” from Satan to get us going in God’s direction. 
   What God offers us so freely, we either ignore completely, or else we have to ask a thousand questions of how and why.  Some things God intends for us to understand, others are hid in a mystery known only to God, and we just need to take Him at His word to enjoy the benefits thereof.  I don’t have to know exactly how Jesus managed to heal me by His stripes for me to believe and enjoy my healing, nor do I have to understand the DNA of Jesus’ blood to know He redeemed me from my sins, I only have to believe and be saved.  I don’t have to know what makes light work for me to enjoy the sunshine. 

   Too many of us miss out on God’s blessings because we fret too much about things that are way over our heads.  You think you lay awake NOW at night thinking about stuff, what if you knew what makes gravity work, or what holds atoms of light together and makes them go straight, instead of in circles. You’d have a head full of even more questions then.  Be thankful you don’t know everything.  But also be thankful you can know He who DOES know everything, and that He loves you with an everlasting love, and that He watches continually over you.
   There are many people seeking healing for whatever condition they are suffering with, and Jesus said if you fear not, and believe only, you will be healed.  Stop asking how or why.  Just do what He says and be healed!  Whatever mountain you have in your way right now, Jesus said in Mark 11:23, For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea, and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 
   Do you know why you aren’t seeing the mountain remove?  You have failed to believe the one who said it:  “verily I say unto you..” Jesus, the very Son of God has guaranteed that sentence with His own word.  For whatever reason, there is unbelief in your heart that YOU could speak unto your mountain and it would remove.  Oh, you probably have no problem believing Jesus could speak to it and it would remove, but YOU????   Why is that?  Well, for one thing, the Lord Jesus didn’t explain to us how He would accomplish empowering YOU to do it, and that might be your stumbling block.  Some people stumble at the fact that Jesus said we would lay hands on the sick, and they would recover.  How can He heal people through mere men?  For me, just the fact that He said it is good enough.  I don’t have to know how or why in this particular case.  Had He explained it, I’d naturally want to know.  But He didn’t, so on this I have to take Him at His word, and so do you.
   Going back to God said it, that settles it, there’s a minister who used to say, “God said it, I believe it, and that settles it.”  The last time I heard him say that, I heard in my spirit, Jerry, that is not altogether correct.  I said, Lord, I’ve never heard him say anything wrong.  The Lord said, I said it, and that settles it.  You see, God’s word is forever settled in heaven, whether you believe it or not, and there is nothing you can do to prevent it or change it.  But, where the promises of God are concerned, they’re also settled forever, but if you don’t believe it, you’ll never enjoy the benefits of them.  And if you don’t enjoy the benefits of them, don’t blame God.  It’s nobody’s fault but yours.  Stop wasting your time questioning everything you read in the Bible.  Study and research is fine, it increases your knowledge of His Word, but don’t let endless questions keep you out of the promises.  Just believe God!  Take Him at His word, even if it doesn’t make sense to you.  Most likely it won’t make sense to you anyway because His thoughts are much higher than your thoughts, and His ways much higher than your ways.
   It couldn’t hurt to go before the Lord and confess, Lord God, I don’t understand a lot of things in the Bible, but I want Your promises to work in my life. Show me what to do, and I’ll do it without any more questions. I agree that Your Word is forever established in heaven, and now I intend to settle Your Word forever in my heart as well.  What You said, you meant, and that’s all I need to know about it.  You said it; that settles it.  I believe I receive the answers to my prayers according to Mark 11:24.  Thank You Lord.