Oh, that students will learn to ask the right questions! Students can sometimes be overheard saying things like “I don’t want to…” or “I plan to…” or “I feel like doing…” In and of themselves, these statements are not bad, unless the subject of most of their sentences or the subject of their conversations or the subject of their lives is “I” and not “God.”
What a delight it is when a student consistently asks God what He wants. “What does God want me to do?” “What does God want me to say?” “Where does God want me to go?” God becomes the subject of his sentences and of his life. The statement “I am trying to decide where I want to go to college” is replaced with the question “God, where do you want me to go to college?” The complaint “I don’t feel like writing my English paper” is replaced with the request “Lord, give me strength and determination to do my best on this paper.”
Right questions come from a right heart—a heart that is willing and pure before God. This is seen in King David’s challenge to Solomon, which should be the goal of each of us as students or as parents.
And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. Take heed now; for the LORD hath chosen thee to build an house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it. 1 Chronicles 28:9,10