3. Keep Asking Hard Questions
When my wilderness was new and disorienting, God threw me a lifeline in a Sunday morning sermon, showing up despite my wrestling with belief. That morning my pastor explained that if you were struggling with unbelief, it didn’t mean you weren’t saved. God wasn’t caught off guard by our questions and He wasn’t offended by our doubt.
But the kicker, the inspired message that gave me the hope I would cling to in my spiritual desert, was the pastor’s suggestion that God could actually be using my doubts and questions as the means to woo me back to His side. Rather than heaping guilt or condemnation on my already sagging shoulders, he lifted my chin as if to say, “Everything’s going to be alright.”
Instead of viewing my questions as a sinister divide between God and me, I began seeing them as a bridge. Question by question, slat by slat, my doubts were bringing me closer to the truth, not driving me away. Wandering doesn’t always mean you’re leaving God; sometimes you’re just taking the long way home.
Reframing my questions in a positive light, as both a vehicle for God’s grace and a means for me to seek Him was a game-changer. It didn’t immediately quell my doubts, but it extended the freedom for me to be honest, wrestle, and find a way back to the truth.
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