Matthew_18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
What did Jesus intend to teach us when He made this statement that we should be converted and become as little children. We have often said that he wants us to be humble and innocent as little children and that is true. There are other characteristics of a child that we should consider. One characteristic of a child that we should imitate is their hunger for knowledge and their persistent questions. There is great value in asking questions.
When we ask questions, we should be very careful to ensure that the motivation for asking the question is the desire to know the truth. We must not ask questions for the purpose of avoiding the truth and causing confusion and strife. We should not be intentionally argumentative or promote division. It is important that we know the truth about our own attitude.
Questions should be accompanied with compassion, longsuffering, patience and a sincere desire to understand and do justice. How many times do children ask why or what or how questions? We should be patient with them and do our best to answer their questions. We should be just as patient with adults asking questions to know and understand.
Psalms_53:2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.
God is looking and watching to see if anyone will seek to know God. Are there any who are asking questions and seeking to know the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ? Is there anyone studying to know the answers to their questions about God? If you humbly and sincerely ask God questions, He will teach you the answer or have someone teach you the answer.
James_1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
God wants you to ask because asking puts you into a proper frame of mind to receive instruction. If you do not ask, perhaps it is because you don't want to know.
Jeremiah_6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
The moral and righteous principles of God are unchanging from age to age. God has always called His people to holiness, obedience and the walk of faith. He has not changed. Many people are looking for new ways to be saved from their sins. The “old path” of holiness (living free from sin) is the good way.
Jeremiah_38:14 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took Jeremiah the prophet unto him into the third entry that is in the house of the LORD: and the king said unto Jeremiah, I will ask thee a thing; hide nothing from me.
Zedekiah had the right attitude about receiving instruction from Jeremiah. He wanted to know the truth to the question he had to ask. Some people will ask their question and they do not want to hear the truth. God knows your attitude and purpose. He knows why you ask and why you don't ask.
Jeremiah_50:5 They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to the LORD in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten.
Not many people want to know the “way to Zion” in our day. The way to Zion is by repentance and obedience. Those who are in Zion are holy and keep the commandments of God. They continually
call upon God to give them more wisdom and discernment desiring to be better servants of God.
Haggai_2:11 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ask now the priests concerning the law,
God has ordained that there be priests and pastors to teach the people. If you do not have a pastor, you should ask God to give you a pastor. Then, you would have someone to ask the questions you need answered. There are several examples in the scriptures where we see God instructing a person to go talk to the man of God. God does not always answer your questions directly, He will often send you to ask your pastor to see if you are humble enough to submit to another person. God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble.
Matthew_7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
It is not necessary to tell a hungry man to eat. If you set food before him, he will eat. When people do not ask questions, I wonder if they really want to know. If you really want to know something, you will ask questions. There are many things we must ask and seek for.
Matthew_7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
Act 8:27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,
Act 8:28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.
Act 8:29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
Act 8:30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
Act 8:31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him
Philip asked the Ethiopian a question and the Ethiopian asked Philip a question. That is the way communication works. By asking questions, we understand what a person knows and what they do not know.
Matthew_21:24 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things.
James_4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
2Timothy 2:23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
Titus_3:9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
We should not ask foolish questions and we do not need to answer foolish questions.
If we desire to know the answers, then we should respectfully and thoughtfully ask the right questions.
In your relationships with family, friends and saints there ought to be a free flow of helpful and friendly questions and answers. Don't be offended or overly defensive when people ask you questions. If someone is intentionally trying to hurt you, you need not answer them. We should not debate with a foolish person. However, don't be too quick to use the aforementioned counsel as an excuse to not share information. You must be willing to participate in a healthy question and answer session in order to build strong relationships of mutual respect, understanding and trust.