The Lord’s Rhetoric

Brandon Thorne (NC)
Brandon Thorne (NC)

If the Lord ever asks you a question, don’t answer! The teacher never poses a question to build his knowledge, but to enhance yours.

What captivating vignettes: “Son of man, can these bones live?” (Ezek. 37:3). “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Gen. 18:14). Ezekiel caught on pretty fast—“O Lord God, you know”—and poor ole Job kept his mouth shut.

I suppose if I were standing in God’s presence, I too would quickly learn the protocol.

God isn’t trying to make us look silly; instead, he hopes to increase our faith, often because he desires to show us something wondrous. But the rhetorical device, the question, is used to provoke us, to make us think and assess the integrity of what we believe; in this case, about his ability.

I’d like to think I believe God can do anything, but he knows the areas where I’m unsure about it. Yet he doesn’t refuse his kindness due to my uncertainty. Instead, he teaches my heart to trust him.

And when he does performs his great wonders, convincing me, I am then able to persuade others: “Trust him. He can do anything!”

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