If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. - Jeremiah 29:13
I hear them every day. Heck, most days I'm asking these questions myself! Yes, you read that right... most days. I'm sure you've realized by now what a flawed human and slow learner I am.
I'm not bringing these questions to the forefront right now because I suddenly have the answers. I'm just wanting to feel less alone, less strange. I figured maybe you might feel that way, too?
I'm also hoping that if all of us are praying about these hard questions, maybe we'll begin to talk about them with people who seriously need more understanding of what pain does to your faith.
And so, without further ado, the questions and a few places to start in our search... because, see, I don't think we should be searching nearly as desperately for answers as we should be for our Father.
What have I done to deserve this?
We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. - 2 Corinthians 1:8-9
These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. - 1 Peter 1:7
Why isn't God answering my prayers?
Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world. - 1 Peter 4:12-13
If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. - John 15:18-19
Is this really God's plan for my life?
For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. - 2 Timothy 1:9
Does God still care about me?
What is the point of going on like this?
I will bring that group through the fire
and make them pure.
I will refine them like silver
and purify them like gold.
They will call on my name,
and I will answer them.
I will say, ‘These are my people,’
and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’” - Zechariah 13:9
This week, let's get through it together, okay? Let's search for our Father, instead of empty answers. That relationship, it changes Every. Single. Thing.
Holy God, You entrust us with such an amazing treasure. We are Your church. We carry Your light in these fragile vessels. Let us never get distracted by the questions that have no answers. We want to cling only to You. In Jesus' Name, Amen...
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