What to do when you have questions for God
Scripture: Read through Romans 8
It’s such a blessing to be able to connect with you and camp in any sort of capacity this
summer. This summer sure is unique and strange in comparison to others! I’m not sure about
you, but for me it can be difficult to see God's Sovereign plan when looking at the state the
world is in right now, but I want for you and myself to remember this: “…If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
Even though the Bible is packed full of comforting words and verses like this, I know
first-hand how difficult it can be to see God’s beauty in a world that is confusing. So much so,
in fact, that I’ve often found myself asking questions of God. That’s why today I want to talk
about a subject that can be difficult to talk about: Doubt.
Doubt can be a scary thing, especially if you have grown up as a Christian your whole life. It may
be terrifying to have questions about something so foundational to who you are. But what we
often forget to talk about is how questions are actually an important factor in making your
relationship with the Lord your own.
When I was in 7th grade (like some of you may be!) my youth pastor said that
“doubt is the manure that fertilizes your faith.” For me, that totally made me feel comforted – I
wasn’t the only Christian that was asking questions about God? And it made me feel relieved – Not only was I not the only Christian asking questions, but these questions were actually helping me grow as a Christian? That was amazing news to me. When you start to have questions about and for God, whether it be about His character, His sovereignty, His strength...whatever it is, here are some key action points to keep in mind:
1. If you are struggling with questions, bring them to the Lord first in prayer. He is here as a
comfort, a confidante, and a friend.
2. Journal your thoughts and emotions, whether they be anger, frustration, confusion, happiness, joy, etc. It’s so amazing to see what my thoughts were when I was younger, and how much I
have grown both spiritually and as a person as well!
3. Break out your Bible – go straight to the source. We have a strange amount of time
during this period. Now would be the perfect time to strengthen your faith and tackle
questions you might have.
4. Find a trusted person to talk through your questions with. Try talking with someone
older/who has more wisdom in the Christian faith. Remember, most people have had
questions, so don’t be afraid to ask.
5. Realize that while “doubt is the manure that fertilizes your faith,” you can’t just base all
your belief on things you doubt. If we were to continue to look at this metaphor of a
garden, you can’t just leave the manure on the crops – you have to take care of your
crops. You have to water them, trim them, care for them, etc. So, don’t just let your
questions fester. Do something to help your questions. Read God's Word!
Romans 8:38 - 39
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the
present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all
creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I wish you all the best in your faith journey and will be praying for you girls!
With much Love,