A childlike curiosity to know our God more
will help us grow closer to him, says
Antony Kalapurackal

A few years ago, my sister asked me a question; “Chetta (Elder brother), imagine that India is playing cricket against England. We, Indians will pray for India to win while the people of England will pray for their country to win. Whose prayer do you think will be answered?”

“Both!” I replied.

She was confused. “What? How is that possible?” she asked.

“Well,” I replied, “Don’t ask me. I don’t know how, but when I believe that there is nothing impossible for God, it includes this as well”

There may be different answers to this question, but almost after a decade since that question, I still believe in the answer I gave my sister. Our logic and reasoning are gifts from God and so he is above all our logic.

One of the most important lessons I’ve learnt during my journey with the Lord is that the key to divine wisdom is nothing but our willingness to reject all that we’ve learnt and listen to the Lord with the heart of a child.

For this is what the scripture says: At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; (Mathew 11:25

Recently I came across a similar situation, when one day, during our family prayer, our second son, 9-year-old Ashish during the Bible reading, read “For nothing will be impossible with God (Luke 1: 37).” After completing the passage, he threw me a question. He asked, “Can God create another God?”

Our older son 11-year-old Abiel who was also intrigued by the question chose to do something else since he expected me to answer in the negative. The best possible answer that I could also think of was a ‘No’ with the explanation, “Anyone or anything created, cannot be God.” But there was a problem! That answer would make a 9-year-old boy conclude that there is at least one thing that the God cannot do! So here I was in a dilema.

Sensing all this, I thought of taking a different route and asked them a famous paradoxical question about omnipotence. I asked Ashish, “Can God create a rock that he cannot lift?” Ashish looked completely perplexed, while Abiel jumped into the discussion saying “Wow! That is a good question!”. Both the boys started discussing with each other while I, heaving a sigh of relief, sat back relaxed, enjoying the show. There is a maxim which says, “If you can’t convince them, confuse them!” And I think it is a very good strategy to use for faith formation because confusion creates a curiosity which will eventually lead to a genuine interest to search for the truth. I believe that faith formed from genuine seeking will be much deeper than the faith received from parents or others. As I watched them discuss, I could see that their discussion was slowly changing direction and they were trying to find other ‘impossibilities’ for God. That, was exactly what I wanted! I waited a couple of minutes and then intervened.

I admitted that I did not have a convincing answer to their question and advised them to search for the answer themselves if they really wanted to know, while reminding them of the need to spend time wisely and not waste it on something that would take them nowhere. As St Paul reminds us in Corinthians, All things are lawful,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. (1 Corinthians 10: 23) I emphasised that it is more important that we readily accept the sovereignty of God. They accepted what I suggested and said and went to bed.

Now, I kept thinking “Did they really understand what I was trying to communicate?” I was unsure! So, finally, I decided to let it go since, after all, it is not me, but the Lord who is in control of everything. He will guide His children in the right path and I can trust in him for sure! .

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Antony Kalapurackal is a Software engineer and lives in Brisbane, Australia with his wife Vinita and three children. He has been involved with Jesus Youth for 12 years and is currently part of the Formation team.