Did you know that many times we test God’s knowledge with questions we already have the answers to? That testing is not so much about finding out what God knows; that testing has more to do with finding out IF He knows. What does that mean? It means we want to be sure if God knows what we know, especially if we have done or are going to do something wrong.
Does God really know all things like His Word says? Certain questions (testings) reveal our concept of God by showing how much we doubt His ability to know all things. We don’t really expect Him to know us better than we know ourselves and yet He does.
Judas Iscariot was this way at the Passover. It was at the Passover meal (Lord’s Supper) that Jesus mentioned the betrayal of a disciple and then each one began to ask the question, “Is it I?” (see Matthew 26:14-25). Judas already knew it was him since he sought opportunity to betray Jesus in Matthew 26:14-16. So why did Judas ask?
Apparently Judas had two motives in mind by asking the Lord if he was the betrayer. First of all, he wanted to cover up his guilt in front of the other disciples by pretending he didn’t know who it was and by showing a false sense of concern. Second, Judas was testing the Lord to see if He really knew which disciple would do this. That kind of questioning reveals that Judas probably had doubts about Christ all along. It seems possible that Judas had a measure of disbelief concerning Jesus even though he was involved in the ministry of Christ for approximately three years.
What’s the point? The point is that Christ is going to give us every opportunity to know Him and accept Him as Savior and Lord so the doubting doesn’t exist. When we don’t avail ourselves of such opportunities, then questions of doubt and disbelief begin to show up in our relationship with Him. The sad part is that these questions (testings) become a proving ground for God where we think He has to prove Himself over and over again.
When will enough proof be given? When will enough questions be answered? Even when Christ informed Judas that he was the betrayer, that still wasn’t enough to stop him. Christ knew what Judas was going to do and yet Judas still did it. Why? Essentially Judas didn’t really know the Lord. Changing our lives is about getting to know the Lord instead of questioning whether or not He knows us. Christ already knows everything about us. The real issue is whether or not we know Him.
If we keep our distance from the Lord, we will also keep our doubts and disbeliefs concerning Him. To know the Lord is to know Him in a personal way where we believe in His abilities and in His knowledge. We don’t have to test the Lord when we are seeking to know Him in a greater and deeper way. The proof of His abilities is in knowing Him, not just being acquainted with Him. Instead of spending time testing the Lord with questions you already have the answers to, spend more time getting to know the Lord so those questions don’t even come up.
Paul the apostle had a goal in life which is found in Philippians 3:8-10. In verse 10 Paul states, “THAT I MAY KNOW HIM, and the power of His Resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made comformable unto His death.” Shouldn’t this be our goal as well? Instead of testing the Lord to find out what He already knows, get to know Him first and the testing won’t be necessary.