Doubting God and His plan for your life?
Ever since I was about five years old and asked my parents, “Where did God come from?” asking questions has played an important role in my faith. I think that’s the case for a lot of us. And ever since our parents answered with the most spiritual sounding version of “I honestly don’t know” that they could come up with, uncertainty has been a big part of our faith too.
Questions are how we explore truth. And uncertainty is often just a reality that we all have to live with. But doubting God is different. Doubt is what happens when you ask a question and the answer doesn’t satisfy, clearly define or measure up to your expectations. Doubt makes a lot of us feel very uncomfortable.
It makes those of us who tend to not ask many hard questions want to change the subject or just shrug their shoulders and happily concede, “I don’t know, but God does and that’s all that matters.” And it makes others of us who really struggle under the weight of unanswered questions feel like bad Christians for not having enough faith.
Let’s stop pretending we have it all together.
Christian conversations often sound a lot like automated emails. We have pre-programmed auto-replies that are triggered when certain things are said or certain questions are asked. You’ve heard these auto-replies before, I’m sure. Maybe you’ve even said them yourself.
“God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.”
“You can do all things through Christ.”
“You just have to trust Him. He knows what He’s doing.”
These well-meaning responses often communicate something very different than intended. They cause many of us to see Christianity as a religion full of people who always seem to trust God completely and know just what to say in every circumstance. When we experience this enough, we begin to feel like something is very wrong with us when we struggle with doubting God. So instead of being honest about it, we keep quiet.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Kenneth Reid