Questions God asks
“Have you noticed that God has a habit of asking the guilty person searching questions instead of coming straight out with an accusation? God is not the ‘accuser’ and seems to have a dislike of straightforward accusation, therefor he rarely uses it. This is part of God’s unchangeable personality, something that shows up in the God of the Old Testament as well as in Jesus, whom we believe to be God. Both approach the sinner with questions designed to create a relationship of reasoning and truth.”
After finishing up our last series, “Jesus: An intimate God“, in our Jr. High Sunday services, there were a few Jr. High students that opened up and shared with me thought provoking questions they had relating to their doubts and insecurities in relationship to Jesus. For a few days, I began to think about the questions we so often ask God amidst doubt/fear/confusion/stress and the list goes on. So I thought it good to title the next series, ‘Questions in the Book of Answers‘. I began my journey with the question asked in John 9:2 in relation to a question we still ask today; ‘If God is so good, why is there so much evil?’ I soon realized that this series would take years to finish if we were to tackle every question that the youth may have. And then…. God intervened.
I was reading through Job and I came to the words in Job 38:1-3.
“Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge?
Brace yourself like a man: I will question you and you shall answer me.”
So often, we question God, we put Him on the hot seat, and we put Him on trial (not that He couldn’t handle it). And I came to realize, as I finished reading Job and his response to God — that all this time it should be me on the hot seat. Through much conviction, humbling and being placed in absolute awe, I came to realize that the questions we so often ask God is often first asked by God. That if we were to honestly answer the questions God asks us, it is in our answering that we may be able to find the answers to the questions we so often ask God.
For instance, I have asked the question, ‘Where are you God?’ many times in my walk with Him. To my surprise, the first question asked by God in Scripture, in the Old Testament, was, “Where are you?” Immediately after Adam and Eve sinned, breaking fellowship (Genesis 3:9). For God to ask such a ridiculous question like this, as the all knowing God, reveals to me the nature of who He truly is. It reveals to me that He gives us, sinners, a chance of reconciliation, confession, realization and a dose of humility. So in my sin, I have asked this question with ill intent and doubt. But if I were to answer this same question that God asks of me…. the answer would either be:
1.) My sin has caused me to hide from God (Genesis 3:8)
2.) My sin has caused me to perform and fix things on my own (Genesis 3:7)
3.) My sin has caused me to condemn myself, bringing overwhelming feelings of fear, doubt, shame, disappointment, etc… which has encouraged me to hide/run/and fix things on my own (Genesis 3:10).
It is at this humbling moment, I now ask the question, “Where are you?” in a new context — in the very same heart and form of the first question asked in the New Testament when the Magi’s asked where Jesus was — so that they may worship Him (Matthew 2:2).
We will began this new series entitled, “QUESTIONS GOD ASKS” with our Jr. High Students Sunday Morning @ 9:30am & 11:30am.
Here are a few of the many many questions God asked of men and women in Scripture… in which he still asks today:
1.) “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9)
2.) “Why are you crying out to me? Look out to the water and stretch your hands” (Exodus 14:14-15)
3.) “How long will you grieve over [earthly things] Saul since Ive removed the kingship from Him?” (1 Samuel 16:1)
4.) “Where are your accusers?” (John 8:1-11)
5.) “Who do you say I am.” (Matthew 16:13-20)
6.) “Do you love me?” (John 21)
7.) Why are you persecuting me? (Acts 9:4)
I pray that through answering these questions, the Holy Spirit would lead Jr. High students to a place where their doubts, fears, and questions would be answered, healed, and reconciled. More so, that their relationship with Jesus would grow deeper.
Pastor James Choi
Associate Youth Pastor