In the film The Case for Christ, journalist Lee Strobel conducts a full investigation of God. Based on a true story, Strobel was also an atheist at the time of his investigation, so he went into his research fully expecting, and determined, to show the world that God doesn’t exist. Like any good reporter, he finds the truth… but it wasn’t the truth he was expecting.
In fact, it was this investigation that led Strobel to go from being an atheist to being a follower of Jesus.
As a literature scholar and professor, C.S. Lewis wrestled with the same doubts as Strobel. After reading literature by Christian authors, he began to question his denial of God. He brought his questions to some of his fellow scholars who were also Christians. Like Strobel, he came to a point where he couldn’t deny God any longer. “I gave in, and admitted that God was God,” he wrote in Surprised by Joy.
Whether you are a follower of Jesus or not, it’s important for us to face our unbelief and get to the bottom of it. This means going to God with our questions and doubts – He promises that He won’t turn us away, no matter how little faith we have.
In Jeremiah 29:13, God says, “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” Even Thomas, who refused to believe in Jesus unless he touched His crucifixion wounds, was given the opportunity to see and feel Jesus’ power for himself:
“Then [Jesus] said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!’” (John 20:27).
God’s wants us to know Him, to seek after Him and to pursue a relationship with Him. That’s why, every time, he will answer our questions and doubts, even when it’s an answer we don’t expect.
But what we can expect is that when we believe in Him, we will fully receive His grace, love, and promises, and we will become more fulfilled than we can imagine (see 1 Corinthians 9:2).
Believe + Receive = Become
How does this equation resonate in your faith journey?