I enjoy homeschooling my kids. I get to watch their learning progress and help them along the way. One skill to which I pay particular attention is discerning the correct answer for multiple choice. I realize that many of the standardized test that they will take in life will have multiple choice, so I want to ensure that my kids have mastered the discipline. If they don’t know the process of answering multiple choice questions, the test grades will not be able to accurately display their knowledge.
I notice that my son makes a fundamental mistake when answering multiple choice questions that most young students make: He answers the multiple choice without reading all of the possible answers. When he reads an answer that seems to fit, he forgoes reading the rest of the list. This habit will cause him to miss the question even if he truly knows the answer.
When I see my son make this hasty mistake, I stop him and have him read the entire list aloud. Many times he keeps his original answer, but there are other times that he switches his answer to the correct one further down the list. I have to explain to him that the answer he chose only sounds correct because he didn’t read the rest of the list.
This same is true for Christians. God’s understanding is beyond ours, and many times He moves in directions that we have never experienced before (Isaiah 55.9). Our limited point of view leaves room for only 1 or 2 possible answers, but with God all things are possible. God is creative, and He shows His amazing imagination in the world He has designed. There is no limit to what God can do; so before we circumvent His plan with our tiny sliver of understanding, we need to be patient and allow God to present His perfect answer.
“Jesus looked at them intently and said, ‘Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.’”
-Matthew 19.26 (NLT)
“Father, help me not to jump into problems with my limited answers. I want to rest patiently in You, and allow You to bring Your best into my life and situation. I realize that my understanding is so small compared to Yours, and I trust that You know the right path for me to take.”