Who am I? What is my purpose? What is my calling? Am I doing what I should? Is that God’s voice I hear? What if I am not following His lead? Is this all there is? Where is God? Are my prayers being heard? Will God answer me? Why do I feel alone?
Questions of faith, questions of purpose, questions of belief. We ask these questions often, sometimes angrily, sometimes out of our own weariness. We ask because we want answers. We ask because it feels good to be honest in our doubt.
I ask many questions. There have been times I rapid-fired questions as if I were worried I would not be heard unless everything was shared. I have yelled my questions, and I have whispered them in between tears. I have so many of them, sometimes too many. I even question my questions. Why do I want to know that? Why is that important? Is my focus in the correct place? Maybe my faith is to small, and that is why I ask. Maybe I believe for too much.
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8, NIV)
God shows up in our questioning. As I read through Scripture, I see the power of questions. Will you heal me? Will you save your people? Will you send the rain? Will you come again? Where can I find the living water? Don’t you care if we drown? What is Truth? What is Love?
Question after question was asked of the Lord. Each one allowed Him to reveal His nature. In the answer, He revealed his deep love for people. With each response, we are invited into relationship with Him.
Yes, I will heal you. Yes, I am the Savior. I am the living water. I will not let you drown. I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. I am love.
Who is the baby lying in the manger? Is he really the promised Messiah? The questions were asked thousands of years ago, and they continue to be asked today.
As we approach Christmas, the celebration of Christ’s birth, I pray you find your answers. I pray you hear His voice in response to the questions burning in your soul. In the questions keeping you awake at night, I pray you hear him. In the questions you are almost afraid to ask, I pray you hear him. In the questions others believe you silly to ask, I pray you hear him.
Our heavenly Father, the I Am, the Savior, the Prince of Peace, Emmanuel, is faithful to answer. I believe He draws us closer as we ask our questions.
If you have been awaiting a response, wondering if your prayers are heard or if your questions have gone unnoticed, I pray you hear Him in the stillness. I pray the star shining in the night, leading the shepherds to the young Messiah, leads you to Him too. I pray Christmas bells ring of His glory in your ears. As you celebrate, I pray you know He is rejoicing over you.
My friend, I pray you hear the Father’s answer. I pray you receive answers in mighty, glorious ways. I pray this year closes with your questions answered and your faith renewed, so that you walk into the new year boldly and joyfully. I am praying for you.
Are you struggling with a question for God? Do you wonder if He will answer? Do not give up. Press on. He will be faithful to answer you. I am praying for you. May we have eyes to see and ears to hear our wonderful Savior.