The longer I study God’s Word the more interesting things I find. One of the most recent observations I have begun to notice are all the questions asked in Scripture, particularly questions asked by God. Scripture clearly teaches that God is all knowing (Psalm 147:5, 1 John 3:20), why then does God ask questions? As we begin to study all the questions in the Bible, you will see that every time God asks a question it is a form of teaching, not a search for information. Consider the very first question God asked Adam in Genesis.
We find this question after Adam and Eve had sinned and were so ashamed they were hiding from God. (Genesis 3:8-9) “And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 9 And the LORD God called unto Adam and said unto him, Where art thou?”
As we stated before, God knew the answer before He ever asked the question. God asked Adam where he was so that Adam could contemplate what got him to where he was, and that is exactly what Adam did. We can see this in Adam’s response to God’s question. “And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” (Genesis 3:10) Notice, Adam didn’t immediately answer the question, he first explained how he got in that position. God knew where Adam was and how he got there but he wanted Adam to contemplate his decisions.
In the same fashion, we need to ask ourselves “where are we?” and in turn ask ourselves “where do we want to be?” just like Adam. In fact, Paul encouraged the Corinthians to examine themselves in 2 Corinthians.
(2 Corinthians 13:5) “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”
This week examine your relationship with God and ask yourself “Where am I in my walk with God?” Based on your answer, strive to make the changes you need to make in order to be closer to God.