Though the following questions were directed to specific people in the Bible, they speak to each of us today as well. God knew the answers before they were spoken, but these questions were asked with a purpose greater than their immediate answers. The deeper answers to these questions are most often life changing.
THEN: (Genesis 3:9) God asked this of Adam and Eve as he came to visit with them (as was God's custom each day) and found them hiding from shame from their disobedience. NOW: God longs to meet with us each day as well. Do we sometimes try to hide from God? What might keep us from wanting to meet with God? Disobedience? Disappointment? Anger? Something else?
THEN:( Genesis 4:9) God asked Cain, who had killed his brother out of jealousy, the whereabouts of his brother. NOW: Cain's evasive response, "Am I my brother's keeper?" reveals a sinful human tendency of putting self first at any cost...even at the cost of another's life. We are all in this life together. We are all in essence brothers and sisters struggling along the way. Do we care about ourselves more than others? Does someone need our help? Do we value all human life?
THEN: (Matthew 16:15) Peter's spiritual eyes had been opened to reveal this answer of truth. NOW: Though many run from this question, it will follow us until we finally answer it. When we are truly ready we will be given spiritual insight into the truth about Jesus. The wording of our answers will vary from person to person, and even change a bit as we either grow or regress spiritually, but our response is of the utmost importance and will determine our future in many ways.
THEN: (John 21: 15-17) Jesus put Peter's love to the test by asking this question followed by a challenge ("feed my sheep") that would prove Peter's love. NOW: One way to tell when love is real is that it is always accompanied by responsibility. God still asks today, "Do you love me?" God knows the answer before it's spoken, but as with Peter, God challenges us to act responsibily. Will we be responsible enough in our love for God to love others? Will we share what we know about God's love with those who hunger for spiritual food?
THEN :( John 20:15) When Mary found Jesus' tomb empty, she wept because his body was gone and she did not know where to find him. In her tears she did not recognize Jesus when he came up to her and asked her why she was crying. NOW: Jesus, who is with us in spirit, asks the same question of us today. From a purely human standpoint we might feel that all is lost and wonder, "where is God?" The spirit of God is always by our side, and if we listen with spiritual ears, we will hear him ask in our sorrow, "Why do you weep?"
Love this list.
I like the way you wrote this list, motivating us to think over our answers to your questions. Nicely done.
Thank you everyone for your kind responses. To Roberta, wow...two hight 5's...way to go my friend! Your support of my writing (actually, your support for all of us writers!) is so positive, helpful and uplifting. Blessings!
You did a good job on this. High 5~
You always lift me up with your spiritual lists. Thank you for what God wants to know. This must be very special because I was permitted to hit the high five twice.
Thought provoking. Thanks.
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