Many times in our Christian walk, we find ourselves in a wilderness, a time of dryness. During these times, we often ask God questions and try to understand the reasons why we have been led into our wilderness. Many of the articles on this site are in fact devoted to helping you and strengthening your faith during these troubled times.
I wish however to take a different approach for this devotional study. Instead of us questioning God and His motives, let us instead take a closer look at the questions Jesus asks us. After all, He did ask many questions of those who followed Him or sat under His teaching, and these questions are just as relevant for us today.
Jesus knew the answer to His questions already, so the purpose of His interrogation was not for Himself, but for our sakes. His questions were intended to prompt us to examine ourselves, our motives, and our beliefs more closely. His questions, sometimes humorous, sometimes controversial, always honest, were intended to stretch our minds, to get us to think, to cause us to pray. Our response, or our lack of response, shows what is really in our hearts and just how much we have to learn. Or perhaps unlearn.
So as we progress through this devotional study, imagine that you are on the dusty streets of a Galilean village, that you are among the horseshoe of people sitting around Jesus and listening to His words, and imagine Him looking into your eyes and asking you these questions. Imagine you are in the place of the one He is talking to. What will your response be?
May this study move you, cause you to examine again your beliefs and faith, and ultimately cause you to grow further into His likeness.
Note: Check back as more of Jesus' questions will be examined and added to this study in the future.