I was just reflecting on how often Jesus asked questions, especially answering a question with a question. Just in the book of Matthew He asked at least 100 questions of the people around Him. He began this habit young; at age 12 His parents unknowingly left Him in Jerusalem, and when they found Him He answered their questions with questions, “Why…? Didn’t you know…?”
He continued to ask questions throughout His ministry.
“Why do you doubt?”
“Will your Father not care for you?”
“Whose inscription is on the coin?”
“What food do you have to give them?”
“Do you not know that…?”
“Why do you think evil in your hearts?”
“Do you believe that I can do this?”
“Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?”
“Who do men say that I am? Who do you say that I am?”
“What do you think?”
“Do you understand these things?”
His questions were always intended to make them think, to cause them to compare His teachings with their current way of life. He especially used questions to zero in on a person’s motives when He was challenged.
So what can we learn from this? Perhaps instead of feeling like we need to have all the answers for people’s questions, we should rather ask the Holy Spirit for the right questions to ask. If we really want to help people work out their problems, understand God’s principles, or know what decision to make, the right questions will cause them to depend more on God’s voice in their heart than on our counsel.
After all, we have two ears and one mouth. If we spend more time listening than talking, we will also hear God’s voice at the same time so that when we do speak it will be with power and conviction.
A word fitly spoken and in due season is like apples of gold in settings of silver. (Prov. 25:11 Amp.)