And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" 1 Kings 19:9 (NKJV)
God knows absolutely everything that can possibly be known. And so whenever we see Him asking a question in the Bible, it's not because He doesn't know the answer. Instead, what we consistently see is this: God will pose a question for the purpose of making a powerful point. And not only that, but it will also reveal what His will is.
Case in point, the Prophet Elijah had reached a point of despair and discouragement. Jezebel, the wife of King Ahab, had threatened to kill him and instead of facing the threat head on in faith, he fled. He ran long and far until he eventually hid in a cave.
Yet despite his attempt to hide, the Lord saw Elijah and asked him a simple question. "What are you doing here, Elijah?" As you read the rest of the story, you find that this question was God's way of confronting the fact that Elijah had strayed from His will. It was a way to remind Elijah that the divine will for his life wasn't to curl up and cower in a cave, it was to publicly proclaim the way of the Lord.
We see the same thing take place in the life of Jesus. On several occasions, He asked His audience questions. And it was usually for the purpose of getting them to consider something inside of them that was out of line with God's will for their lives.
If God should happen to knock on your heart and ask you a question, carefully consider it because He's actually trying to say something to you. And whatever that may be, you can be sure it has something to do with Him revealing His will to you.
Think about it…
What does this passage reveal to me about God?
What does this passage reveal to me about myself?
Based on this, what changes do I need to make?
What is my prayer for today?