The Sunday School answer for everything is, “Jesus!” But as we get older, life becomes raw and explanation is required. So what about the nagging questions of faith that require a little more than one word? Or maybe even a lot more? In my experience, there aren’t nearly enough places to turn for real answers.
Everyone will have points in which they question what they believe. It’s practically a right of passage into true faith– searching. If no questions have been asked, there’s cause for concern. Faith that isn’t worth testing isn’t any good.
God is always in the business of answering questions and His Word has proven a wealthy resource, as well. James 1:5-6 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.“ I can’t help but think Christians have a role to play in answering questions, though.
Humans are made in God’s image and we are His reflection to this world, if we allow. Answering questions should be a high priority for followers of Jesus. After all, we have been given the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18 says, “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”
That is our job. No matter what it takes. Getting down and dirty; feeling the weight of the questioning, and to acknowledge the reasoning behind it are all important. It’s one way to recognize another person’s value; show you, and God, love them. Stepping into a person’s struggle shows love and God in a powerful way.
God isn’t afraid of our questions, wondering, or lack of faith. He came all the way to earth to restore relationship. Can we do our part now in the reconciliation?
If you call yourself a Christian: What is a practical way that you can reach out to someone in your life?
If not: Why? What are the questions that keep you from knowing a good, loving God that can be trusted? Feel free to shoot them at me.