I have never questioned that God speaks to us. To me, it would be ludicrous for us to have a relationship with God and not be able to communicate. That just doesn’t make any sense at all, yet some people don’t believe God speaks to us today. The beautiful part about developing a relationship with anyone is learning about them; what their voice sounds like, the different ways they communicate, their sense of humour, their serious side, their idiosyncrasies, their character, and a whole lot more. The main difference with our relationship with God is He knows everything about us before we even meet Him. That could be frightening for a lot of people, but for me, it is really exciting because it means security. It means that I am accepted just the way I am, warts and all, so to speak. Not only that, it also means I am loved in a way that no human can love me.
So I have never thought it weird that God and I would ask each other questions. However, I have not consciously considered why God would ask me questions when He already knows the answer until quite recently. It’s not surprising to find myself in this place given I have been deeply questioning why traditional Christianity and the Bible represent God so differently for a few years now. This, in turn, has led me to deeply examine what I truly believe. I have been surprised and shocked on more than one occasion I can tell you!
One day God and I were communicating and He asked me a number of questions. The conversation went like this:
God: “Where have you come from Deb?”
Me: This question caused me to remember the state of my being when I lived on Bribie Island and God was wooing me with His peace.
God: “Who are you in Me Deb?”
Me: “I am your child.”
God: “Will I not care for you?”
Me: “I am a joint heir.”
God: “How’s your thinking about that? Do you believe it?”
Me: “I am an ambassador.”
God: “Do you act like, think like one?”
Me: “I am your inheritance.”
God: “Do you believe it?”
Me: “A royal priesthood.”
God: “Do you believe it?”
The questions God was asking me were causing me to become aware of this pattern of not believing Him. I told him my observation and He went on to say, “That’s right, you give mental ascent and lip service to what my word says, but deep in your heart where it matters most there is unbelief. You revert back to the comfort of your dominant soulish ways because deep in your heart you do not believe I am who I say I am or will do what I say I will. You see yourself from the perspective of your limited knowledge and understanding of reality. Reality is what you dream of becoming. It’s what you grow into. In order to do that you have to align yourself with truth in your value system with possibility, and call those things that are not as if they already are. Such is the power of my word – your spoken word – that it produces other worlds.”
He said a lot more, but what I have shared is sufficient as one example. I thought I truly believed the things I said, but because of His great love for me He gave me a demonstration of Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God (spoken and written) is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. This showed me the truth of what was in my heart.
Another example of the purpose of God asking us questions can be found in Genesis 3 where Adam and Eve had eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They experienced an ‘awakening’ that in actual fact, was detrimental to their relationship with God. They now knew they were naked, experienced a gamut of negative emotions, and hid from God. That didn’t stop God from loving them though (which is great news for you and me), He asked them questions.
God asked Adam – “Where are you?”
Adam: “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, and I hid.”
God: “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”
Adam: “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”
God asked Eve – “What is this you have done?”
Eve: “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
There is a whole lot more that could be discussed here, however, it is unnecessary in this context. The point I am making is that God has spoken to His creation since day one, and He always has our best interests at heart. There are many other instances of God asking questions throughout the Bible, so if God is the same in character yesterday, today, and forever, why wouldn’t He speak to us?
I know there is a lot more for me to understand yet, but here are some of the reasons God asks us questions when He already knows the answer. They are in no particular order, and I am certain there are many more.
- There is something really important He wants us to know
- He is preparing us for something
- He wants to show us what we really believe
- He is bringing us out of deception
- He wants to give us understanding of who we really are in relationship with Him
- He wants to help us make adjustments in our thinking and align our souls with truth
- He is equipping us with principles and strategies for lifelong use
- He is encouraging us
- He is teaching us how to walk in the spirit
What are your thoughts on this matter?