We don’t all talk about it, but I’ve found that most believers will question their beliefs at some point.
Feeling uncertain about God can be scary to talk about, and you might fear being judged.
But I want to help you use your doubt to grow stronger. So here are four things you need to know:
1. You’re not alone in your doubt, so let people in.
Doubt grows in isolation—so let people in when you begin to question whether God really is who He says He is. Talk to people who love you and ask them to pray with you through this season.
2. It’s good to pinpoint what triggered your doubt.
You might have been thrown into uncertainty because of unanswered prayers. Or maybe you just can’t understand how a good God allows evil in the world. Or perhaps you or someone you love has been hurt by someone who said they were a Christian. You might doubt that God loves you, or you might doubt that God exists at all. Spend some time thinking through the reasons you’re doubting. Talk through these reasons with your trusted Christian friends and take them to God.
3. Faith won’t always meet your expectations.
I used to think that I wouldn’t have any storms in my life if I was doing God’s will, living a good life, going to church, tithing, and praying. But putting those expectations on your faith can magnify the impact of storms and drive you toward doubt. There will be storms in every life, but Jesus will meet you in the middle of your storm.
4. Don’t be afraid of doubting.
Doubt doesn’t have to be the end of your faith. It doesn’t even mean that you’re a bad Christian. In fact, doubt can act as a stimulus for your faith. Many people walk away from a season of uncertainty with a renewed faith, and some even walk away with a strengthened faith.
My prayer for you is that you ask the hard questions and grow closer to God through your seasons of doubt.