We have an omniscient God yet we find many times in scripture where this all-knowing God asks us questions. Here are a few examples.

  • Gen. 3:9 When Adam is hiding in fear and shame, God asks, “Where are you?”
  • Gen. 18:14 When Abram is doubting God’s promise, God asks, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”
  • Isaiah 6:8 When Isaiah is feeling unworthy, God asks, “Whom shall I send?”
  • Mt. 16:15 When there was confusion and doubt over who Jesus was, God asks, “Who do you say I am?”
  • Mk. 10:51 When the blind man was confronted with his greatest need, God asks, “What do you want me to do for you?”

When God asks these questions, they are for our benefit, not His. He is asking us to look inside and take inventory of what is going on in our heart. In 1 Kings 19 we have an example of God asking Elijah a question.

1 Kings 19:9 and 13 “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Elijah’s answer shows where he is at and how despondent he has become. Sometimes God needs to hold up a mirror to us so that we can see how ridiculous we look and how pathetic we sound. It’s kind of like one of those Snicker’s commercial, “You’re not yourself when you get hungry. Snap out of it!” God’s Word is a mirror for us Jam. 1:22-25. That’s what Elijah needed at that point. To be reminded of God’s Word, His promises, and His faithful people.

When you are tired of doing good and ready to give up, God asks, “What are you doing here?”
When you are running away from your calling out of fear, God asks, “What are you doing here?”
When you are hiding from the world around you, God asks, “What are you doing here?”
When you are at the end of your rope and want to die, God asks, “What are you doing here?”

If God were to speak to you today, would He be asking you, “What are you doing here?”