July 27, 2020
Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.
Have you ever wondered why God asks questions? He does this all through Scripture. For example, in Genesis 3 God asked Adam, “Where are you?” when He must have already known where Adam was hiding. If God is truly all-knowing, He already knows all the answers, right? So, why bother asking?
Our sermon this week looked at Jesus’ wonderful miracle of the loaves and fish. Not only is feeding 5,000+ people from a few handfuls of food astonishing in itself, but this is also a passage which reminds us of several other beautiful things about God besides His provision. One of these is God’s passionate desire to interact with us.
In our passage, Jesus sees the large crowd and wants to provide them food. So He asks Philip an unexpected question: Where are we going to get enough food to feed all these people, Philip? Jesus already knew the plan, of course, but what He really wanted was to see how Philip would respond.
God doesn’t ask us questions because He needs information, but because we do. God asks us questions to test us, to teach us, to enlighten us. It’s not that God ever needs to understand something new; what He’s always looking for is to help us to understand something new!
The point is this: God loves us and wants an interactive, engaging, living relationship with us. And one of the ways He achieves that is by simply asking us questions.
This week, instead of asking questions of God, consider what kinds of questions He might be asking you. Have you ever answered any questions like that? What kinds of new things might God be wanting to help you understand through those questions?