As I was looking through the Scriptures a while back, I saw something worth sharing with you – a glimpse of God’s character and nature we often forget about or fail to see each day as we journey through this life.
Before Jesus healed two blind men (Matthew 9:28), He asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
As a blind man called out to Jesus – pleading for mercy; Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Matthew 20:32 NIV)
During His ministry, Jesus had many of his disciples and followers abandon Him. At one point, He asked the remaining twelve disciples, “You do not want to leave too, do you?” (John 6:67 NIV)
When Jesus saw Mary crying over the death of her brother Lazarus, the Bible says, “He was moved with indignation and was deeply troubled.” He wept and asked her, “Where have you put him?” (John 11:33-34 NLT)
While walking on the water, Peter began looking around and started to become afraid. As he was sinking, Jesus grabbed his hand, pulled him to safety and asked, “Why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31 NIV)
As Jesus successfully defended the woman caught in adultery, He turned to her and asked, “Where are your accusers?”
I don’t know about you, but one of the things I lean on each and every day is God’s omniscience – His deep and intricate understanding of all that has, is, and will transpire. The Bible says God’s understanding is unfathomable (Isaiah 40:18). He knows the beginning from the end (Isaiah 46:10) and searches the hearts and minds of all mankind (Jeremiah 17:10). Every day of our lives has been recorded in His book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:16) and He has kept track of every tear we ever cried (Psalm 56:8).
If our Lord is indeed omniscient, then why all the questions?
Didn’t he already know if the blind men believed? Why would He cry and weep over the death of Lazarus – knowing in a matter of minutes He would raise him from the grave? He knew Peter’s heart in a deeper and more intricate manner than even Peter knew himself, yet why did He ask Peter about his doubt?
Each question Christ asked encouraged response, dialogue, and interaction. He already knew the answers, but humbly and lovingly desired a connection – a relationship that took priority over His divine omniscience.
Think about that for a moment. Let it sink into your soul. The God of the universe desires a dialogue with you. He loves you so much that He longs for a connection with you. He knows what has happened in your life, what you’re currently facing, and how it will all turn out in the end. But knowing how the story ends doesn’t interfere with His desire to get involved in the story of your life as it unfolds 🙂
He wants to teach us, guide us, and love us along the way 🙂
He knows in great detail the desires and dreams in your heart, but He still asks, “What do you want me to do for you?”
He understands your fears and your doubts, but even so He asks, “Why do you doubt?” – wanting you to communicate and share your feelings with Him.
You may feel unworthy of communicating with Him, but He’s asking you, “Where are your accusers?” – letting you know there is no condemnation present in your relationship with Him.
When you cry, He cries. When you feel rejected and abandoned remember He knows what that felt like.
You (YES YOU!) are so very special to God. He created you like no one else on this planet. You are unique with a purpose to fulfill here unlike anyone else. God wants a connection with YOU – a relationship that cannot be duplicated because you are one of a kind 🙂
If God’s priorities revolved around strict obedience and unrelenting allegiance in all He created, He would have created robots – programed to complete their mission flawlessly.
But that’s not God’s objective. He wants a relationship. He desires connection. That’s the meaning behind all the questions 🙂
So how is God attempting to connect with you today? What is He asking you? How is He speaking to you within your current circumstances? What is He teaching you about yourself? Where is He guiding and leading you?
There is no doubt about it – He is reaching out to you right now 🙂
It’s my prayer that you reach back and complete the connection! When you do, you will never be the same again 🙂