Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. John 17:13
And so, dear brothers and sisters who belong to God and are partners with those called to heaven, think carefully about this Jesus whom we declare to be God’s messenger and High Priest. Hebrews 3:1
Are you sometimes afraid? Do you occasionally wish you could avoid certain people or situations? Have you ever felt alone or isolated in this world? Do you ever think maybe you’re missing a piece of the puzzle that is life? How often do you wish you had someone with skin on that you could tell your troubles to, someone who has a connection with Jesus that seems stronger than yours? Yeah, me too.
I think we all have times when we struggle with our faith. When crisis strikes its human nature to wonder, “Is God hearing me?” It’s also human nature to cling to created things–like flesh and blood–to help us through, but we need to be careful about relying on our brothers and sisters more than we rely on God. We need to push back human nature, and press forward to embrace spiritual power as its defined by God. We also need to understand that when we doubt, we don’t sin. We merely express to a loving, comforting, compassionate Lord our need for a deeper connection with Him.
Remember how Jesus treated Thomas and his doubts? He held up his arms and said, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” To which Thomas said, “My Lord and My God!” John 20:27
Seeing is believing many times.
The truth is, Jesus provided those seeking spiritual clarity many convincing evidences of his right to claim the title, The Christ. Seeing the Lord’s nail-scarred hands and feet were what Thomas needed to believe, so Jesus said have a go at it, friend, reach in and poke around.
Today, if you have a question for God, I would encourage you to boldly spit it out. The Scriptures encourage us to think carefully about this Jesus who we declare, and to work diligently to come to a place where we fully know Him and therefore fully trust Him.
Jesus never rebukes us for honest observations we have, or questions that have not yet been asked or answered. He knows its hard to be away from home, living in a strange and distant land, a land full of distractions and destruction. He also knows that the ones He needs to be concerned about are those who have quit asking for clarification and given in to sin, not those of us who are working out our salvation with fear and trembling.
When it comes to doubt, never go down easy, friends. Fight, ask, question, wonder, ponder, seek–for in seeking you shall surely find.
Do you think asking questions is important to discovery in the Christian life? What questions should we ask God to answer for us? What answers seem to only come from experience and time spent with the Lord?