God is a great question asker. When He asks us a question, He is usually not seeking information from us, but He is creating an opportunity for us to receive revelation about ourselves or HIm.
Some of my greatest growth has occurred when I have felt God asking me questions like:
- Why does that bother you so much?
- Why are you afraid?
- What counsel would you give others if they were experiencing what you are?
As I study the Bible, there are some questions which really stand out to me. They penetrate to the core of our identity and beliefs. Here are five of these powerful questions God asks in Scripture. I pray they will be used in your life as strongly as they have in mine.
- Where Are You? – “Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, ‘Where are you?’” (Genesis 3:9). Adam and Eve had eaten the forbidden fruit and were hiding from God (covering themselves with fig leaves). I do not believe God was unaware of their physical location but was asking, “Where is my intimacy with you?” This question helps us overcome the tendency of distancing ourselves from our Maker when we sin or fail. Drawing near to Him and receiving His love in our worst moments is a key to wholeness and breakthrough (consider the Father and the Prodigal Son in Luke 15).
- Who Told You That? – “And He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked?’” (Genesis 3:11). The phrase “Who told you that?” has been highlighted to me for years. I would say things like, “I do not have the gift of healing.” I would then hear in my spirit, “Who told you that?” This question caused me to realize I got most of my beliefs from my past experience rather than my identity in Christ. We do not deny the past; we just cannot get our beliefs from it. If we do, then that belief becomes a bigger problem to God’s purposes than anything the devil is doing.
- What Do You Have? – “So Elisha said to her, ‘What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?’” (2 Kings 4:2). The widow started her response with, “I have nothing,” but then added, “except a little oil.” The prophetic anointing causes us to take our eyes off what we think we don’t have to actually see what we do have. I believe we all already have the key to breakthrough and increase. As we attach faith to the seemingly small things we have, God will multiply it for HIs glory and our blessings.
- Do You Want to Be Made Well? – “He said to him, ‘Do you want to be made well?’” (John 5:6). This question seems to be unnecessary at first glance to this man waiting by the Pool of Bethesda to be healed, “Of course he’d like to be made well!” It isn’t such a simple question when we consider it more deeply though. In different seasons of my life, I have heard, “Steve, do you want to be made well?” I thought, “Hmm, let me think about this. If I’m truly made well, I have to let go of my excuses, my victim mindset and become consistently responsible and loving no matter what happens.” The good news is God is the one who makes us well as we humble ourselves before Him and ask Him to truly make us well and whole.
- Can These Bones Live? – “And He said to me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’” (Ezekiel 37:3). The most important question is not, “How dry are the bones?”, but it is, “Has anyone renewed their mind enough to believe the bones can live?” Whether it is the seemingly “dry bones” of a nation, finances, or an area of personal weakness, we are wise to recognize our lack of hope about the situation is probably a bigger problem than the perceived problem.
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ABOUT STEVE BACKLUND
Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.