What is your name? How was your day? Where did my keys go? Do you have any advice for me? How did you get to be so wise?
Each day we ask a variety of questions. Simple ones, complex ones. Ones to which we don’t listen to the answer and ones which we lean in to hear the answer with bated breath.
In Proverbs 20:5 we read “a plan in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man of understanding draws it out.” Matthew Henry states in his commentary that it takes questions to draw out this understanding. We can use questions to guide and we can use questions to get guidance.
Sometimes we need to find out what someone is driving at or what a person believes. We can test them with a simple question: “What do you believe?” Or when reading an article we can ask ourselves “does this line up with Scripture?” then go digging to find the answer.
To guide our children we can lead with questions. When they are retelling a happening from school we can ask “what do you think about what your friend did?” Or discuss events from the news. “What do you think about that person who was jailed for fighting? Was that fair?” Asking questions gives your children opportunity to formulate their beliefs in their own words.
In our search for guidance for our lives we can ask questions of the wise people around us. Often these people are older and may not be freely spouting their advice whenever we happen by. Initiate conversations through questions. Matthew Henry says “We lose the benefit we might have by the conversation of wise men for want of the art of being inquisitive.”
Don’t let opportunities pass by! Practice the art of being inquisitive.