Seeking God Isn’t Doubting God

We are created as curious individuals who, from early on, are inquisitive and seek further, more detailed explanations. It’s part of the learning process. Even when something real is put in front of us, we continue to ask for supporting evidence that affirms those facts.

Matthew 7:7

It’s really nothing to be ashamed of {although as a parent I can speak to how exhausting this process is}. But exhausting or not I am never disappointed nor do I discourage my children from asking for more understanding and presenting questions that will help them fully wrap their head around what they see in front of them.

Take for instance our most recent adventure to the milkweed field. There, we carefully found a few monarch caterpillars and brought them home to care for and watch as they transform right before our eyes into butterflies. It’s truly a magical experience that leaves some questions unanswered. No matter how hard I try, I just can’t explain every, single detail of how the process happens {although my children seem to think if they ask more than once, and ask louder – I’ll know more}. I don’t know how the butterfly knows when to drop into a “j” and I certainly don’t know how it decorates its temporary home with that gold metallic band. Monarch MysteryRegardless, our entire family discusses and draws conclusions based on what we know about the caterpillar’s journey. But our need to seek more doesn’t diminish the reality of the outcome. As a matter of fact I believe it does just the opposite. It mounts of case for what’s to come. The more questions we ask deepens our desire to know this journey. And the questions we can answer, deepens our confidence in the outcome we know is true.

I parallel this to a recent conversation I had with a young woman about her faith. She was in a restless place and was seeking more faith and her need to feel the Holy Spirit alive in her. As we talked, she wrestled with question after question. And soon into our visits, she was using the words ‘seeking’ and ‘doubting’ interchangeably. As I listened, she began replacing ‘seek’ with ‘doubt’ altogether. Because she was seeking more faith, the presence of the Holy Spirit and answers about Jesus – and because God hadn’t clearly revealed those answers to her Earthly mind, she assumed she was doubting God. This caused her to abruptly reroute her belief in God altogether. This cycle isn’t foreign to me. I’ve been there too – maybe your faith walk knows something similar?

Much like I told her, I’m telling you – don’t be afraid of seeking. God’s ready for your questions. It’s part of your faith journey, one that is intended to have many seasons. Seasons that face deeper seeking and questioning. Seasons that unfortunately present doubt. And then seasons which bring an overwhelming presence of God, where the Holy Spirit is bursting at your seams. Seasons where you’ll move mountains and take on the world. And others where you harvest and reap, water and grow.

Scripture prepares us for these seasons. They are part of the free-will God gifted to us. He knew these seasons would be challenging and trying, but do not get discouraged. Do not doubt yourself and don’t doubt your belief in God. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is ready to travel each question, and seek with you. Because seeking more faith and chasing a greater presence of the Holy Spirit {although it may feel like doubting}, only deepens and reinforces your relationship with God. So go ahead… ask, seek and knock – He’s waiting to satisfy your curiosity. He’s prepared to answer your questions in His time. And He will always meet you exactly where you are, regardless of your season.

Relevant Scripture: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7

Heavenly Father, satisfy our thirst when we are seeking more of you. Help us to not confuse seeking more of you with doubting you altogether. As our curiosity heightens and we desire to know more – help us find You and deepen that relationship. Amen.

Author: Carrie Kiekhaefer

I'm Carrie Kiekhaefer and I'm passionate about finding and reflecting JOY in this life. Unfortunately, I know a lot can get in the way of that JOY. Life is messy and complicated. I'm here as a messy child of God, a natural encourager, a blogger, a coach and a designer to help you navigate through the mess. With relevant scripture, a relationship with Jesus and some honest blogs we can find, let's discover and reflect His Joy - together.

4 thoughts on “Seeking God Isn’t Doubting God

  1. So great…. I’m undoubtedly seeking more! I LOVE the monarch parallel. You’re great. For reals with all the reals that matter. Xoxo

    1. Thanks for the kind shout-out… and I’m with you – always seeking, but in a good way. Until we arrive in the Kingdom, it’s a journey of growing our faith. Here’s to the adventure (and I’m sure thankful that even when we falter, we have a navigator who will never give up on us). Love and joy, C.

  2. Awesome blog, Carrie! One that really has me thinking. Do you think that when we stop doubting is when are are reborn again? Is this the day we turn our life over to Christ? Many people can name the place and time this occurs in their life. I, myself, don’t have that Devine moment. However, I can confidently say I am seeking every day and i am no longer doubting in Him.
    Thanks for sharing his word. God is speaking to all of us through you! And for this I am forever grateful to you. Keep doing what you are doing. He has gifted you something amazing.

    1. Your words of encouragement have added a hop in my step. I love your theory – “where doubt ends, our life in Christ begins.” You may just see a graphic devotion down the road that looks something like this! And I can’t wait for coffee to discuss this. I don’t have that Devine moment either. I have significant moments that have shaped my faith – but not that life-changing, find Christ moment. He’s always been part of my journey – His presence just continues to grow as I experience more of life (both the good and the tough-spots). And again… thanks for being an encourager on this journey. It sure helps to be surrounded by faith-filled friends who support your path. Joy on my friend!

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