“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.” — Albert Einstein: Old Man’s Advice to Youth: ‘Never Lose a Holy Curiosity.'” LIFE Magazine.
The day will come when a child will learn to talk and start asking those much-anticipated questions. Children are curious, inquisitive, and eager to learn. Curiosity is a nebulous thing to which most of us don’t give much focused, concrete thought. Others are perpetually curious. Today, we have immediate access to more information than world scholars could have gathered in an entire lifetime just a couple of hundred years ago. But what about Christians?
Should Christians be curious? The answer is yes, we need curiosity. Curiosity is a strong desire to know and to learn. When Christians are curious, they grow in knowledge and their ability to rightly discern situations. “It is God’s privilege to conceal things and the king’s privilege to discover them. No one can comprehend the height of heaven, the depth of the earth, or all that goes on in the king’s mind!” (Proverbs 10:11)
Discernment is the ability to judge what is right and wrong, what is good and bad. Curiosity helps drive us in this process. We wonder and ask because we yearn for the truth. We want to have a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. We want to increase our faith and our actions as a result of that faith.
We have to be wary of complacency. Without curiosity, we can decide that we know enough of God without over considering His magnificent infinity and the endless opportunity to discover more of Him. You can replace the fear of the unknown with curiosity. Are you curious enough to plumb the depths of an intimate relationship with God? Are you seeking Him more and more each day?
David in Psalm 63:1(ESV) said, “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Didn’t David have the Lord? Yes, because he calls Him “my God.” But he wanted more. He wanted to go deeper. He was satisfied but he wasn’t satisfied. “You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy.” He knew that there was more and his whole being craved it as a thirsty man in the desert craves for water.
To seek after God means that there is always more because God is an infinite person. If you figure that you’ve reached a level of maturity in your Christian life where you can put it in neutral and coast, think again. David had walked with God for years, but he thirsted for more. Curiosity about God anchors us in God’s strength as we learn more, seek more, and see more of Him.
- What are you curious about spiritually?
- How can curiosity impact your walk with God?
- What can we do this week to seek after God?