Why Questioning God Is Normal

Dear Lewis,

I don’t know what God has planned for you. I can tell you that you’ll never be more confident in who you are than when you know what He’s called you to do with your life. On the other hand, I know you’ll never question yourself, your calling, and your God more than you will once He makes that calling clear.

Don’t worry though:

Jesus went through the same thing.

At Jesus’ baptism God said, “This is my son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). With those three phrases Jesus’ identity is confirmed and his ministry condoned. Matthew tells us the next thing that happened was that Jesus was led into the desert to be tempted (Matthew 4:1).

Tempted to do a magic trick by turning stones into bread? To perform a daring feat by jumping off a building? Hardly.

He was tempted to question the very things God had just spoken over him.

God says three things about Jesus, so the devil calls these three things into question.

God says, “This is my son,” so the devil structures his question accordingly: “If you are the Son of God…” The first one is the most obvious, but it’s the devil’s strategy in all three.

The more your mom and I talk this through the more we see the pattern in our own lives. The difference is the devil doesn’t need to waste his time with people as broken and insecure as us. As soon as one little thing goes wrong we question, all on our own, everything we’ve felt God telling us.

Lewis, the moment you feel God calling you to something be ready for the most severe time of doubt in your life.

When the time comes, let Jesus’ experiences in the desert remind you that all callings are questioned.

I love you, Lewis. God loves you more.

– Dad

*This is the first letter in a series of four. Check out the second letter, The Answer To The Question: Who Are You? by clicking here, the third, God Loves Me? I Doubt It. by clicking here, and the final letter, Why God Is My Last Priority by clicking here.

What has God called you to? Do you find yourself questioning that calling? How does Jesus’ temptation to question give you hope in your times of doubt?

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2 Comments

  1. Audra   •  

    I’m 17 and I’ve been feeling the call to be a missionary for a couple years now. This not only changes what I’m going to college for next year, but it will also mean moving across the country to live with my parents and leave my brothers and friends in my current location. Continually praying for God’s will to be shown to me.

    • Paulie Godbout Paulie Godbout   •     Author

      Audra,

      That’s so awesome! Both your feeling of being called to missions and your desire for God to show you his will. I recommend you check out a few books: “The Barbarian Way” by Erwin McManus, “Bruchko” by Bruce Olson, and “High Adventure in Tibet” by David Plymire. I’d love for you to keep me posted on where God takes you!

      Cheers,
      -paulie-

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