Four Questions You Should Answer Only if You're Honest
Our Pastor asked us a couple of questions this past Sunday. If I didn’t remember a single thing from the sermon these two questions are definitely enough to chew on this week and spend some time being honest with God about the answers. And once again right on que, it was as if the sermon was already planned to pick up where only minutes before Sunday school left off.
There were questions asked in Sunday school too. These were also questions that were plenty to chew on this week if we didn’t remember one other thing from our hour together.
As I share each of these questions with you I encourage you to choose one. In fact, I believe there will be one that the Holy Spirit will make stand out to you as it jumps off the screen into your heart. Chew on it. Pray about it. Be honest with your answer. Ask God to show you something new. I’m not confident about many things, but one thing I am confident about is that He is faithful, and He WILL answer you when you seek Him.
We chatted a little about the apostle Thomas in Sunday school. A.k.a. Doubting Thomas. He’s the perfect picture of many of us. I used to say, “I don’t believe anything I hear and only half of what I see.” This was Thomas. We were cut from the same cloth. He not only didn’t believe what he heard but didn’t completely believe when he saw. He had to physically touch Jesus before he believed. Not that I’m justifying his doubt, but just trying to paint a picture of how he thought.
We were in the book of John in both Sunday School and during the Sermon. Now that I’ve set the scene a bit let’s dive into those questions.
Four Questions You Should Answer Only if You’re Honest
When have you experienced doubt?
I’m throwing you a softball here with this first question because we’ve all experienced doubt at some point in our lives. We’re human. Ask God to show you a significant time when you’ve experienced doubt. Is it recurring in certain similar situations? What is it you doubt about God’s character? What is it you doubt about His promises? I know, I know I’m always asking a lot of questions, but unless we choose to go below the surface and into the root of our doubt issues our faith doesn’t grow. We don’t go any deeper in our relationship with Jesus. We don’t overcome.
One of my recurring doubts is that God can use me. That I fit. I know He has a plan for me, but it is a daily struggle.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. Proverbs 3:5-8
What do you find hardest to believe?
A few of us in Sunday school bravely answered this question out loud. I had a couple answers to this question, but one was already shared by someone else. Two of the things that are hard for me to get my mind around (that we won’t be discussing or trying to figure out here today) are the following.
1. God in three persons. Father. Son. Holy Spirit. It’s one of those things that is hard. I believe it, but don’t completely understand it. Maybe that’s more how to answer this question. I believe, by faith, but in my humanness, have a tough time with it. Yep, I’ve heard the discussion about the egg and water and it’s three different forms yet it’s still just one egg and still one glass of water. Here’s a resource you may be interested in for further study.
2. That God is everywhere, all the time, knowing everything at once. I mean seriously it’s a hard one to get my mind around. Yes, I believe it. But yeah, hard to understand.
And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:13
Did you know God has a role for you?
Is this one of the areas you doubt? That you have a place? That God has a specific role in mind for you? Seriously, did you know this? He has a plan for you. You are a specific piece of the puzzle and no one else can fit where you were designed to go. As I’ve already shared, I get it.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:16
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
So, what’s your excuse?
Our Pastor shared three characteristics of a disciple and then asked us, “what’s your excuse?”
A disciple has a thankful attitude of service praying, “Thank you, God, for my assignment. Give me eyes, ears, and a heart to see, love and care.”
But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” Exodus 4:10-12
You may be thinking that these four questions don’t have anything to do with each other, but I believe they do. They all have our relationship with Christ in common. Any question that challenges us and causes us to take a look at our hearts and seek God, growing us in our faith, is a good thing. Go ahead be honest with God!