Yesterday we looked at the question ‘What about me?’. I think there are some times where it is ok to ask God a question. I really do think that He desires to hear from us. However, I think there are other times where our questions are not good. In Mark 8:1-10 we see the disciples of Jesus asking a question that says much about their heart condition.
You can read the entire text here: http://www.esvbible.org/Mark%208%3A1-10/ but we are focusing in on Mark 8:4: And his disciples answered him, “How can one feed these people with bread here in this desolate place?”
These guys were responding to Jesus’ compassion for the crowd that had been with Him for 3 days. They seem to want to be the voice of reason. When our questions to God put ‘our reason’ over ‘our faith’ then we likely have a heart issue.
With emphasis on a particular word in their question, we can see another possible issue. “How can one feed these people with bread here in this desolate place?” It could be that their issue was not only ‘reason over faith’ but that they didn’t expect Jesus to do a miracle for this group of people who were not Jewish. They may not have expected Him to have the same compassion for one group of people compared to another group. When we limit God’s grace in our questioning then we likely have a heart issue.
Lastly, it appears that they forgot who they were talking to. They ask ‘How can one feed?’ as if they are asking a fellow farmer. They were not talking to just any ‘one’…they were talking to THE ONE. The ONE and only True God. The Messiah. The Savior. The One who had already fed 5,000. The One who had already raised the dead. The One who would die for the sin of humanity. When our questions to God put Him in the same category as just anyone then we likely have a heart issue.
Today, feel freedom to ask God your questions. Just remember whom you are asking.
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