The Samaritan woman asked many questions that have undertones for questions we ask today of Jesus.
Do you care? Who are you? Do you satisfy? Could you really forgive a person like me? What about other religions?
From this encounter we see it is OK to bring your questions to Jesus. He wants us to ask questions and her responds with much grace. Questions can be a gift to us as we wrestle through them with Jesus and grow in our faith as He gives us gracious answers and draws us into what is True.
So where do we start with questions?
Start where we are- we do not have to put on any pretense, but can ask the questions that are relevant to our lives right now.
Start in community- you are not the only one struggling with questions and we need each other to wrestle through questions together (Proverbs 12:15)
Start with the Bible- the Bible is God's Word and that is where we begin to search for answers. As you read write down questions and bring them to Jesus and other believers to talk through them.
People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care. As we seek to help others with their questions, we must be willing to cross barriers as Jesus did and think about dialogue before defense. Listen to the honest questions they are asking and seek where their hearts are. Jesus responds to questions with questions. (He asked over 380 questions of others.) Therefore, we need to learn the art of asking more questions, not just giving answers to defend our view.
We need to learn to understand and empathize with those we are talking to.
We need to learn to respond with truth and grace as Jesus does.
Jesus was bold and compassionate. As we become more like Him we can do the same. He called out sin but did it in a gracious way that continued conversation.
We will not always agree with those we talk with, but disagreement does not have to lead to hatred.
Jesus shows us there is something more than the questions.
Our desperate spiritual longing is to know God.
In Jesus we can know God and we are given living water- Eternal live with God and forgiveness. This is what we are looking for!
What do you think about questioning Jesus? Do you take your questions to Him?