God Likes Rhetorical Questions
Ever noticed how often they appear in His conversations?
With Moses. With Job. With the prophets.
Who made man’s mouth? (Exodus 4:11)
Shall the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? (Job 40:1)
Who is like the Lord? (Psalms 113:5)
He Who planted the ear, shall He not hear? He Who formed the eye, shall He not see?
Those questions have obvious answers. Our struggle is when we read them with doubt. Maybe He made a mistake when He made me. Perhaps He isn’t looking just now. Maybe He can’t hear me today.
The questions lose their magnificence if your mind gets stuck debating the answer. And that is a shame because it obscures the majesty of God. That indecision throws a veil over His true glory.
Behind that veil it is easy (even practical or prudent) to give these truths lip service – but our actions don’t agree. We treat other things as stronger gods. We make plans as if there are others that can alter His designs. We wallow in our fear and anxieties, worrying if God really sees, hears, cares and is working on our behalf.
The proper response to these questions is:
God You are Creator!
No one compares to You!
Your eyes are always open to the world of Your creation and Your ears always hear!
None can withstand Your will (Isaiah 14:27)!
Those answers fill the heart with joy, peace and security in internalizing the awesomeness of our God.
O that I truly lived in the truth of God’s rhetorical questions!
Is there anything too hard for the Lord? (Genesis 18:14)
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