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Questions God Asks Us

Trevor Hudson

Have you ever stopped to think about the questions God asks? For many years I missed them somehow—perhaps because I thought of the Bible as a book of answers. Then one day, it was as if God said, “Trevor, rather than always asking questions of me, why not listen to the questions I have for you?”

devozine Questions TS 86540850-1There are things God wants to talk about with you. Take a moment to reflect on three of the questions God asks the people of God. Listen to them as if they were being addressed to you personally. Then respond to them from your heart, and you will find yourself being drawn into a closer relationship with God.

Where Are You?

The first question comes from Genesis. Adam and Eve are in the garden and have disobeyed God by eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Their closeness with God and with each other is instantly destroyed, and Adam and Eve hide. Then the Lord God calls out to them, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:1–9)

Where are you? To answer God’s question, begin by telling God what is going on in your life at the moment. Share with God your joys, your sorrows, your shame, and your fears. Yes, God knows these things already; but this conversation is not about giving new information to God. Instead, it is about coming out of hiding and learning to speak openly with God. When you do, you will begin to experience the closeness that honest conversation can bring to your relationship with God.

What Are You Looking For?

Jesus asked this question right at the beginning of his ministry. John the Baptist was talking with two of his disciples when Jesus walked by. John pointed toward him and called out, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” Intrigued by this description of a passing stranger, the two disciples started to follow Jesus. Suddenly he turned around and asked them, “What are you looking for?” (John 1:35–38)

What are you looking for? A good way to begin answering this question is to reflect on your deepest desires. What do you want most? What are you looking for at this time in your life? What kind of person do you want to become? Tell God what you long for, and ask God to help you sift through your desires so that you may turn away from the ones that are destructive and follow those that reflect God’s heart.

Why Are You Weeping?

The third question comes from the story of Jesus’ resurrection. Mary Magdalene was standing outside the tomb, weeping because Jesus’ body, which she had come to anoint, was gone. Imagine for a moment the depth of her anguish and confusion. Not only had her Lord and friend been crucified, but apparently someone had stolen his body. Suddenly the question was asked, first by some angels, then by the risen Christ: “Mary, why are you crying?” (John 20:11–15)

Why are you crying? Hear this question being asked by someone who loves you and calls you by name. As you think about the pain and sorrow in your life, know that you are not alone. As your answer begins to take shape in your heart, share it with the risen Lord. Maybe your pain is locked up so deeply that you don’t know how to express it. You feel sad but don’t know why. Know that Jesus hears the prayers of your heart, even when you have no words. Perhaps this is also a good time to seek help from an adult you trust.

I hope that reflecting on God’s questions will inspire you to explore the many other questions God asks in scripture. If you do, I promise they will lead you into a whole new conversational relationship and a deeper intimacy with God.

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As I wrestle with questions God asks, my faith comes alive. God’s questions ask me to look deeply and honestly into my heart. They challenge my relationships. They focus my attention on the suffering in the world. Somehow they get inside me, with a power to change me from the inside out. I invite you to reflect this week on the questions asked in these scripture passages: 1 Kings 19:9–13, Job 38:1–7, Mark 8:27–30.

Trevor Hudson , best-selling author and pastor of Northfield Methodist Church in Benoni, South Africa, enjoys reading, watching sports, discovering new places, and hanging out with his family at the local Italian restaurant.

–from devozine (November/December 2007). Copyright © 2007 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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