By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer
One morning last week I was reading about Moses arguing with God at the burning bush. (Personality clue there for ole Mose.)
God gives him an assignment and Moses gives reasons why he can’t do it.
“Yes, you can,” God says.
“No, I can’t.”
And so it went.
Finally, God says, “What is that in your hand?” (Exodus 4:2)
I stopped right there, went back, and read it again.
God asks Moses a question with an obvious answer. And God knows everything, right? So why does He need to ask?
I immediately flashed back to a previous question God once asked.
“Where are you, Adam?” (Genesis 3:8-11)
Another query to a different man:
“What are you doing here, Elijah?” (I Kings 19:9)
And just one more:
“What do you want Me to do for you?” Jesus asked the blind man. (Mark 10:51)
Clearly, a pattern.
I wonder if God uses this tactic to involve us in the conversation at a deeper level. Perhaps He wants our participation in processing our reasons, motives, and hesitancies. Are His questions a test of our faith, or does He simply know that sometimes we just don’t “get it”?
God knows. But He wants us to know, and often that requires a question.
Since our Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever, there’s a good possibility He’s still asking questions of His children.
Are we quiet enough to hear what He’s asking us?
She stirred the gravy in wide slow circles, listening for Pop’s voice. It came low and tense, and she stilled the spoon to concentrate on his words. ~Straight to My Heart
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