Sometimes people get the false impression that faith means learning the right answers. However, Jesus understood the importance of asking the right questions. Here are a few examples.
Questions of Priorities
The priorities I would write on paper and the priorities my choices write on the hours of my life sometimes begin to differ in the rush of living. A good question slices through the growing hypocrisy. Jesus understood the gap between intentions and actions, asking questions such as:
And why do you worry about clothes? (Matthew 6:28)
So, could you not watch with me one hour? (Matthew 26:40)
Why are you sleeping? (Luke 22:46)
Questions about Emotions
Jesus understood that faith is much more than intellectual assent. He knew that a good question presses beyond mere information to address the emotions driving our choices.
Why are you so afraid? (Mark 4:40)
Why are you crying? (John 20:15)
Does this offend you? (John 6:61)
Questions about Purpose
Jesus knew we are made for more than mere survival. Life is more than eating, sleeping, and working. Everyone has a greater purpose beyond just getting through the day. He asked people questions to help them get their focus beyond their immediate concerns to the larger spiritual truths.
But what about you? Who do you say that I am? (Matthew 16:15)
What do you want me to do for you? (Matthew 20:32)
Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? (Luke 5:22)
Honest answers to good questions grow our faith more than memorizing the right answers ever will.