CS Lewis famously wrote in Mere Christianity, ‘Now that I am a Christian I do have moods in which the whole thing looks very improbable: but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable.’
Do you have moments like that which CS Lewis described?
Whilst you have decided to follow Jesus, there are times when it doesn’t feel like God is listening, He is not coming through when you hoped He would and you wonder if He cares. Whilst CS Lewis is reflecting on the reality of faith and how doubts creep in, perhaps you have had similar moments when you doubt the character of God.
If you have felt this way, then you are not alone. We are emotional beings. We have questions and doubts. We are up and we are down. We find ourselves in seasons and moments when we question what we believe.
Our feelings can be like this. They are up and down, life beats us around. It can feel like everyone else in enjoying the favour of God, but you. Perhaps you wonder if God is all that interested in you.
In Jeremiah 29:11 there is this amazing reminder of who God is and His desire for us. To those who found themselves in exile, to those who were disheartened and perhaps wondered where is God, He declares these words: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
God has plans for you. At times it may not seem that way. I’m sure there were seasons when David wondered if he would ever become king, and Abraham wondered if he would become a great nation. Each time the plans of God for them came to fruition in His time, not theirs. Their task was to keep seeking God and leaning into Him, and daring to believe He had plans for them, plans to give them a hope and a future.
If you are disheartened, you are not alone. Seek God. Lean into Him. You may not feel like God is coming through immediately, but stand on the assurance that He will. He did for David, for Abraham, for countless others throughout history and He will for you.