April 1, 2023

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 (NIV)

A Child’s Questions

It was dark traveling down the road, except for the moon overhead. My three-year-old grandson gazed out the back window from his car seat. All was quiet while my daughter navigated several turns. Then, from behind her, a small voice arose. “Who moved the moon?”

A couple of years later, this grandson walked beside my distraught daughter. “I’m so mad I can’t see straight,” she said. Concern spread across my grandson’s face and crept into his voice. “Can you see left or right?”

Don’t’ you love a child’s perspective? Children regard the world through different eyes, thoughts, and purity. Their questions help us see things differently.

Since the time all of us have been able to talk, we have asked questions. Following are amusing queries you may have heard. Still, they are fun to pose and ponder:

Just For The Fun Of It . . .

Why don’t you ever see the headline “Psychic Wins Lottery”?
Why isn’t there mouse flavored cat food since there is fish flavored?
If all is not lost, where is it?
Why isn’t phonetic spelled the way it sounds?
How did a fool and his money get together in the first place?
So, what was the best thing before sliced bread?
If cops arrest a mime, do they tell him he has the right to remain silent?
Would a fly without wings be called a walk?

Questions Since The Beginning Of Time . . .

  • One of the earliest recorded questions was posed by Satan to Eve, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?’” When Eve replied God did say if they ate from the forbidden tree they would die, the devil, in essence, replied that was a bunch of hooey and they wouldn’t die. My question is, since nobody had died up ‘til then, how did anybody know what death was? Oh well, lesson learned not to trust the devil. (Genesis 3 reveals Adam and Eve’s kind of “death.”)
  • When an angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he asked, “. . . if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?” Good question, Gideon, one which people still ask today. (Read Judges 6 for the whole story.)
  • When Peter told Jesus he and the disciples had left everything to follow Him, Peter then asked, “So, what’s in it for us?” (Pardon my contemporary language change.) Good question, Peter, one people still ask today. Jesus’ answer is found in Matthew 19:28.

What questions do you have for God?

Please ask Him, for He truly honors those who draw near to Him whether in doubt or in heartfelt seeking. What answers do you want from God at this moment?

Jesus’ Questions

When Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” The disciples responded differently. Some said John the Baptist, others said Elijah. Still others replied with Jeremiah or one of the prophets. Jesus then asked, “But what about you? Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus immediately called Peter blessed because this wasn’t revealed to Peter by flesh and blood, but by Jesus’ Father in heaven. (Matthew 16:13-17)

The Disciples’ Question

A little later, the disciples asked Jesus, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” At once, Jesus gathered a little child to Him and answered, “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:1-3) In their innocence, children accept truths adults try to intellectualize.

The question of Matthew 16:13 remains as vital today as ever—

Who do you say Jesus is?

Prayer:  Precious Jesus, open our eyes to Who You are. Help us accept the truth in childlikeness.

Thought for the Day:  “The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.”—Franklin D. Roosevelt