Not all those who wander are lost. – J. R. R. Tolkien
The quote above seems to be one of those things that many people get tattooed on their forearm to remind themselves that they aren’t lost. I’ve also seen people with this cute bumper sticker on their Jeep to remind themselves it’s all about the journey and not just the destination. And I’m here for it.
One of the things that I love about Jesus is that He doesn’t love you any less because some days you question His existence. Think about it, do you ever have days where you question whether or not Jesus is actually listening to your prayers? Or do you ever doubt if God can deliver you from your current situation?
Of course you wouldn’t come out and tell most people that you don’t always believe in Gods divine power. (Or maybe you would, more power to you!) But I am sure that deep down there are some questions you are wrestling with. I can assure you of this because I have my own questions too. And Cody will tell you that he has his questions as well.
One of the reasons I think we are so afraid of asking questions is because, for the most part, we have been taught that whoever has authority to speak into our lives has all of the answers. I don’t think this is always on purpose. We can get so afraid of our own questions that we struggle with the idea that God may punish us. But, why would God punish you just because you are trying to have a deeper relationship with Him?
We allow the fear of our doubts and questions get in the way of simply asking our questions in exchange for the truth.
Why You Are Closer Than You Think
See, the thing about our questions, doubts, and disbeliefs is that God loves in despite our shortcomings. Jesus wants you to know that you aren’t as lost as you think you are.
Because if you have questions, it means you are actively pursuing the Him. It means that you are actively pursuing who God is for yourself. You are simply trying to understand His divine nature and where there is room for you at His table.
If you are reading this, I want you to know that you aren’t lost; you are simply just starting to wander into God’s embrace. Remember that quote from J. R. R. Tolkein? Embrace the journey that you’re in. Embrace the questions and doubts and anything else that leads you closer to Christ. You haven’t fallen of the trail and you most certainly aren’t backsliding. If anything, you are actually a lot closer to discovering the Truth than those who claim to have all the answers.
This week, Cody and I sat down with Austin Fletcher, host of the New Age Christianity podcast to talk about the differences between religious fear and spiritual freedom. I love this conversation with Austin because you can tell there is true freedom in his questions. There is a simplicity of saying, “Hey, I don’t have all the answers and there is Beauty in that. I’m not going to stop seeking God just because I am unsure.” If you want to dive into what it lookalike to truly break away from religious fear and step into a spiritual freedom, you can listen here. You aren’t as lost as you think you are. You might actually be a lost closer at finding yourself at God’s table than you may realize.