Curiosity: How to Become a Spiritual Detective

At the start of this year, the Lord gave me the word, “curiosity,” and I believe it is a timely and anointed word for many of us right now.

Curiosity unlocks creativity and leads to new ideas and inventions.
It is a powerful antidote to perfectionism and fear of failure!

Curiosity heralds a season of discovery—and through it, the Holy Spirit takes us on a journey of faith.

Curiosity and Ministry

"Curiosity: How to become a spiritual detective" text on gold and grey backgroundAt first, it seemed to be an unusual theme for a year! I could immediately apply it to the administration and work of the ministry.
So, I created a poster to remind me: “Curiosity: What would this look like if I approached it with curiosity?”
Then, I added a definition:

  • An eager desire to know or learn about something, or to have an inquiring mind
  • Something interesting because it is rare and unusual [1]

Curiosity heralded a year of discovery—and it was about to take me on a journey I hadn’t anticipated!

The Glory of Kings

Curiosity is childlike, yet according to Solomon, it is characteristic of kings!
Solomon wrote: “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.” (Proverbs 25:2 AMP)

As God’s children, we can be like spiritual detectives.
In the world, a detective is someone who investigates and solves crimes.
But in God’s Kingdom, we search for treasure in His Word. We seek to follow Jesus and above all, to know Him.

There’s an abundance to discover, so, there’s always an element of mystery!

5 Ways to Become a “Spiritual Detective”, Using Curiosity

1. Lean into Curiosity

Curiosity, I soon realized, is powerful, for it breaks open options.

The way we choose initially may work or it can lead us to find a better way. And even if it leads us back to where we started, we have learned something!

Curiosity is an antidote to fear of failure, anxiety, and perfectionism. It allows us to explore without the pressure of understanding or getting it right.

  • It is a key to unlocking creativity.

On a practical level, curiosity helps us tackle tasks and projects, revealing they aren’t as daunting as imagined.

2. Use Curiosity in Your Spiritual Journey

Curiosity is also a powerful tool for spiritual growth and our relationship with God. It is a childlike trait, and it cultivates wonder.

Jesus prayed,
“O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever and revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way.” (Luke 10:21, NLT)

We can approach our spiritual journey inquisitively because God always has more for us to receive, learn, and become.
As a result, we are always “novices in the new” in the Kingdom of God.

3. Ask Questions About Signs

When we are curious, we ask questions and seek the answers.
A question is like an empty container waiting to be filled.
When we hold a question before God, He uses it for His glory.

Moses asked, “Why isn’t that bush burning up?” (Exodus 3:3) Then, he followed his curiosity, which led him to encounter God.
We, too, can turn aside as Moses did, and receive a fresh commission.

The wise men followed a star, pursuing a sign and a wonder in the heavens.
They asked, “Where is the newborn King?” (Matt 2:2)

Likewise, the Holy Spirit draws our attention with signs and mysteries. [2]
And calls us into the adventure of obedience.

4. Follow God’s Clues and Ask More Questions

An important question I’ve learned to ask is not only “What?” but “Why?”
And “why” always leads us back to the heart of God. In seeking meaning, we find God Himself.

Sometimes, the answer to our question takes time to unfold.
And following a question, or clue (such as a prophetic dream) does not lead to a conclusion.
Instead, it leads to another question!

Being curious prompts us to ask questions— to set up a “line of inquiry.”

It is as though He is taking us on a treasure hunt.

The Father delights to walk with us—if we always knew the perfect way, we would not need His answers.

5. God Comes to the Questioning Heart

Some of Jesus’ most profound declarations were in response to people’s questions (e.g., Philip, Nicodemus, the disciples of John the Baptist).

Notice how Jesus responds to the Samaritan woman’s questions at the well (John 4). Gently, he leads her along.

“If you would ask Me…I would give you living water,” Jesus says, referring to salvation.
The woman responds by saying, “…give me this water,” meaning physical water.

What stands out is that she asks for the water, just as Jesus invites her.
Even though she doesn’t comprehend, her petition is sufficient!
Because in their next exchange, Jesus reveals who He is.

What a comfort:
Jesus responds to the openness of our hearts—not the accuracy of our understanding.

God is Restoring Curiosity

Curiosity is a gift that leads us to seek God and discover what He is doing.
Yet somewhere along the way, this gift can be damaged.

  • For example, when others criticize or knock us back—or plans don’t work out as expected
  • We may shelter in the predictable, where it seems safe

But the Holy Spirit is moving beyond the familiar.
Hear God say, “Beloved, take My hand and let us walk together.”
God is restoring your curiosity and rewarding your faith (Heb 11:6).


[1] Definition of Curiosity in the Cambridge Dictionary
[2] See my post Why Does the Holy Spirit Speak In Mysteries? for more insights about signs and mysteries, along with a compelling list of benefits.

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25 thoughts on “Curiosity: How to Become a Spiritual Detective”

  1. Maluza King Melusi

    Thank you a million times for this message. Through it I have come to understand why somethings have been happening that way in my life. I am so encouraged.

  2. Thank you so much for this message it has encouraged me that starting up some prayers with questions of why is not a bad idea. Lately I began praying for someone and all I could pray was Lord why and the insights I got were very deep and mind-blowing and yet leading me to pray more until I suddenly stopped because the next direction I received I felt like I shouldn’t go there but with this understanding I will push on to find out more. Thank you.

    1. May you be blessed in your prayer and see a breakthrough in that person’s life, Veronica. We say amen!

  3. Your message is always timely, never late. I thank Jesus Christ for you and your ministry. May his light shine ever more brightly in your life, in your family life, in your ministry and in everything that concerns you.
    Thank you Helen Calder.

  4. I know for the fact to receive you email, there is prophetic message that is talking to me, and I thank God for using YOU every time when I am down, i will receive your messages that uplifts my Spirit.
    Thank You Prophet Helen for your gift.

    1. thank you, Bles Suzan and I pray this for you
      “may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Rom 15:13)

  5. Hi Helen. So, so nice to hear and receive your message. It is most encouraging and very much alive in my spirit as I take in exactly what you have been given. I am very grateful for your teaching in the prophetic ministry school. I am most certainly learning, and the Lord has been using me in a very positive and powerful way. Thanks to your wonderful insight and inspiration. On mentioning point 4 regarding the Words of the Lord but in particular from the LBT has been an indication of what the Lord has been revealing to me. I had the opportunity to preach Sunday past and the subject given to me was the Whole Armour of God. I was specifically asked to share on the helmet of salvation and the Sword of the Spirit. God though took me to this portion of Scripture from 2 Timothy 3:15 Since infancy you have known the holy Scriptures which are able to make you wise for salvation. The introduction to salvation was given to us in the womb! That on the inside needs to be brought forth to help us comprehend what the Word is saying. It is the child in us who is going to conquer the land. God in all He does is so humble! He allowed it so by giving His Only Begotten Son, Jesus to receive the highest honour. Not the Father but the child! Solomon was to build the temple not his father David! Moses generation went round and round but Joshua the Warrior got the job done. We should be in this day all God’s warriors wearing the whole armour of God and taking the land for Jesus. Jesus taught us to suffer not the little children for the kingdom is such as these! I believe He is clearly saying something to us regarding the child. The child has the wisdom! We are each under construction as the child grows within us. Paul taught us in Galatians 4:19 my little children, in whom I prevail until Christ be formed in you. I can go on and on but in seeing how you have indicated with this verse regarding the child then it is showing me clearly that God is revealing something very special. Was the message I gave received? I would say because it was deep, and obviously new it has been delivered. But on Sunday morning I had recorded these Words before I had gone to church. It may not immediately register? Time takes time!
    Hopefully this blesses you.
    Pastor James Young

    1. Hello Pastor James great to hear from you
      Wow I’ve never thought about that passage in 2 Tim 3 before, all very insightful!
      It reminds me of when Jesus said, “unless you change and become as children… Matt 18:3. Much to reflect on.

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