John 4:11, 27
- 11. “Sir, the woman said “You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep, Where can you get this living water?
- 27 “Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”
We have had the privilege of the blessings of two children in our young marriage. It is fun watching these children grow and it is more exhilarating when these kids begin to teach you serious lessons about life. Children have a very probing mind. We don’t do anything in our home without a tiny voice asking “daddy what is that”, “daddy where is mummy”, “mummy where did did did you go” That repeated “did” is not a typo, our 1 and a half year boy can’t just ask “mummy where did you go” —he does not stammer— it is just his way of asking that particular question “…where did did did you go” We have really learnt many lessons and most importantly many spiritual lessons from our kids.
Let me share with you some of the lessons I have learnt about asking God questions. Really, can we ask God questions? Can we ask Him why? What’s up? Why me? What are you doing? How will you see me through this? Do you know how this will also end? Do you still have the plans for my life in front of you? Are you still on my case? I hope you have not forgotten about me? Did you cause this?
Look at the contrast in the two scriptures above. Whilst the woman was asking Jesus questions, the disciples, who walk with Him every day could not ask Him why? We read about Thomas and we call him names: Doubting Thomas! But can you blame him? The guy needed answers, so He asked questions. Jesus rebuked Thomas for “faithlessness” though, but eventually He got to feel the wounds of Jesus. He got the proof he needed?
“Come let us reason together…” is an open invitation from God to us to engage Him with questions. Everyone who walked with God was a questioner. Abraham (How can this be, seeing I am old), Moses(what should I tell the people), Jacob (Tell me thy name), David(This man’s Psalms are full of questions, read the Psalms for yourself), Mary(How can this be), Peter(We have left all and followed you…), Paul(Who are you Lord), JESUS(WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME?).
Questions are a part of our journey with Christ. We don’t know it all. There are times God seems silent on issues of life and to get clear directions, we need to probe and budge Him with questions for His answers. No wonder it’s called questions and answers. You ask God questions, and He gives you answers.
Eye opener! Questions unveil to us the hidden things of God.
- Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not (Jeremiah 33:3)
Recently, a friend was refused a student’s visa and her questions began. Apparently, this friend believes God has already dealt her a raw deal already with a situation she has been through. So when this refusal also followed, her questions started pouring out and guess what, the questions to God were directed at me. Why me? Why is that unbelievers seem to be having all they want and not me? We were having this conversation on what’s up. So any time she poses a question, I followed it up with my comment “It’s ok…let it out” After she had let it all out, I deliberately poured out some questions I also have on my mind to encourage her to know it’s ok to ask questions especially those directed towards God.
I have many questions on my mind, I ask God many questions. I don’t understand a lot of things happening in my life. But through it all, I understand one thing: all things work together for good to them that love God and are called according to His purpose.
Do you have questions that are beating your mind? Go to God in prayer and ask Him.
- Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you (Matthew 7:7).