Doubts and Questions
If you’re like me, then you have doubted God at one time or another. You have either doubted God’s existence, or the promise He has given to you, or even if He cares about you. These are all very common doubts to have and there is no shame in having them, in fact, having them means that you are human. What matters though, is how you alleviate these doubts. Do you even bother to find an answer to them or do you try and ignore them because you feel like there is something wrong with you for questioning God? I was a part of the latter group.
I didn’t believe that I was worthy of God’s attention, I didn’t believe that the God of love could love me. But my ability to comprehend God’s love does not dictate the love that God has for me. Matthew seven talks about the importance of asking God our questions. If we ask Him about those doubts that we are having then He will begin to reveal an answer to us. This can be done through the voice of a pastor, through memories, or through Him speaking directly to you during your time of prayer. When I brought God my questions about His love for me, He began to show me some memories that showed me that He never left me, that He has always loved me.
God will not leave you doubting or questioning if you bring Him your questions, but you have to choose to accept the answer that God gives you. If you allow the doubt to consume your brain then you will doubt even the answer that God gives you. You have to learn to listen and accept the answer. It may not be the answer that you were looking for but you can always take God’s word to the bank. If He says it then it is true. It is a promise that you can use as a foundation to build a stronger relationship with God. God showed me that there are over a hundred verses in the Bible talking about His love for me. It would have been easy for me to say that those verses only applied to the people in the Bible and not claim those promises for myself. However, the Bible is a book filled with promises God has given to you and me.
Sometimes it takes talking to someone else or hearing a sermon though to realize that those verses apply to you. The Bible tells us in Proverbs eighteen that it is foolish to only listen to your own opinions and thoughts. Your thoughts can be so mixed up and emotional that they are only going to cause more questions and doubt. Bring those thoughts and questions to your pastor or youth leader and they can help direct you. God can help a person that is wanting help.
Talk to people about what is going on in your heart and mind. They can help you find an answer. Talk to God about what is going on in your heart and mind. He will bring you peace.
Akilah is currently an English Major at Arizona State University. She has taken courses in journalistic writing, studying the writings of classical works, as well as the way that languages are used throughout different cultures. In addition, She currently writes lessons for her job, Sunday School class, and personal writings such as poetry and short stories.