Curiosity in the Questioning

“I've always been really curious about things and slightly confused by the world, and I think someone who feels that way is in a good position to be the one asking questions.”
—Terry Gross

Did you know Jesus was asked 183 questions, but chose to answer fewer than 10? Even more intriguing: Jesus asked 307 questions throughout the gospels. The ratio of answers given versus questions asked is noteworthy. The Son of God, possessing wisdom beyond our understanding, chose to enter the human experience full of questions rather than direct answers.

As for us, we live in an age that values the immediate response. Answers to any inquiry are just a search away. But this easy access typically leads to shallow explorations, rather than digging for deeper meaning.

Part of the problem is we’re losing the ancient art of asking good questions, questions of others, of life, of God. Better still, learning how to sit with the questions God asks of us.

Jesus Himself was inquisitive. One of His favorite questions was “Who [or what] are you looking for?” This provocative response was designed to draw you deeper into your true longings. And while there may be quick answers, by sitting with the question, we may be surprised by what we discover.

In fact, Easter is the answer to the deepest questions humanity has asked. But if we don’t allow ourselves to step into them, we may not find ourselves prepared to receive the answer.

Perhaps this Lenten season would be a good time to allow our questions to rise to the surface—or better yet—to make room for the questions God may be asking us.

Let’s consider what Martin Copenhaver, a Christian minister and author said in Jesus is the Question:

“By entertaining questions, God has a chance to change us. Answers can be offered as a conclusion. Questions are an invitation to further reflection. For the most part, answers close and questions open. It is telling that the word question contains the word quest. That is, a question sends you on a journey and often in search of something valuable.”  

A question actually considered may lead us to discover something far more valuable than information.

It may lead to our transformation.