Some questions are hard to hear
Reference: He replied, “I will also ask you a question. (Luke 20:3 NIV)
Explore: Before having our young foster children I had worked a lot with young people. There is no doubt that a lot of them ask many questions.
Sometimes the questions show a growing intellect. Sometimes they are so random you cannot work out how they came to ask them!
Our eldest boy asks a lot of questions. I don’t just mean quite a few, I mean A LOT!!
From the trauma he has experienced in his past, his question asking is a way of keeping someone engaged and interested in him. So every minute of every day, he is asking questions!
People think it’s endearing to begin with, but they soon discover how constant they can be. While we are keen to encourage his inquisitive nature, we need to teach him there are also times to stop asking questions.
It’s interesting to realise that if you turn the questions back on him, he will soon shut down and not answer. He likes to be the one asking questions, but would rather not be in the limelight.
Application: Jesus is happy for us to ask Him questions, but we learn from the scriptures that He also liked to ask a few questions of His own. His questions reveal our true intentions.
When the Pharisees were trying to catch Him out, He would turn the questioning onto them. And just like our boy, they would soon realise their game was over.
Sometimes I need to hear questions from Christ to help me realise my true intentions.
“Why are you doing that?” “What is your true passion?” “Who are you serving?” “Where are you spending your money?”
These are some of the questions I hear God prompting in me. He’s not doing it for a guilt trip, but to help me make some important decisions that could either lead me towards or away from Him.
Some questions are hard to hear, but if they’re coming from God then it’s time to sit up and take notice.
Prayer: Lord, keep prompting me with Your questions. May I discern the best way forward with Your prompting. Amen.
What question may God be asking you?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.