What To Do When You Feel Lost As A Christian
Sometimes, we can feel lost even when we know where we are. If you’re a Christian, you may have felt that way before—you believe in God’s love and know He has a plan for your life, but you still feel lost as to how to navigate your life’s circumstances. If that sounds familiar, this article is for you! Read on to learn some tips that will help you move from feeling lost to finding fulfillment in God.
Section: 1. Acknowledge your feelings
Section: 2. Ask for help
Section: 3. Seek out guidance
Section: 4. Be patient
Section: 5. Keep praying
Be honest with yourself and God.
Being honest with yourself and God is an important part of finding your way back to faith. If you are struggling, don’t pretend that everything is fine and you have your life under control. Admit that you’re lost and don’t know what to do next. God knows how you feel—and he can handle it.
God doesn’t expect us to have all the answers all of the time, but he does expect us to be honest with him about our doubts, fears, questions and struggles. He knows we are humans and will struggle in this world sometimes—but it’s not a reason for us to walk away from him or reject his love for us (1 John 4:16).
When I was going through my crisis of faith I found that talking about my struggles openly was very helpful in getting closer with God again because I felt like he understood what I was going through better than anyone else could at that time!
Take a look at what you read.
What you read affects what you think about, and what you think about affects what you do. It’s a cycle that leads to a downward spiral if not maintained.
If we aren’t careful, the things we read can lead us down a path of negativity and self-destruction. That’s because our minds are like sponges; they absorb everything around them in order to process it somehow. If those things are negative or destructive, then we will find ourselves feeling negative or being destructive as well. And if we don’t take control over our thoughts, eventually they will control us (1 Corinthians 15:33).
So take a look at what you read—what kind of impact does it have on your life? Do the books and articles give positive messages? Or do they focus on depravity and sinfulness? If something upsets or angers me more than once per week when I pick up my morning paper, then maybe I need to re-evaluate whether or not this source is actually serving me well as an individual seeking truth from God’s Word (John 16:13).
Don’t be afraid to ask hard questions.
When you are feeling lost, it’s important to ask questions. It can be about anything – God, yourself, your faith. You might not get a direct answer from God but you will feel peace and have time to reflect on the question.
If you’re struggling with something in your life, there is nothing wrong with asking for some guidance or help from the Lord above. You don’t need to feel ashamed if you don’t know where to turn in times of crisis or confusion; God is always willing and ready to listen!
Stop comparing yourself.
- You are not the only Christian who has doubts. I know it seems like it, because you’re the only person in your life that you’ve seen struggling with faith. And if each of us had our own island, we could all be having our own struggles with doubt in isolation. But we don’t have our own islands—we have other Christians to compare ourselves to.
- There is a difference between doubt and unbelief. If someone tells me they’re an atheist, I understand what that means: They don’t believe God exists at all; he’s just some made-up idea for them or their family members or whatever culture they grew up in. When someone says “I’m an agnostic,” however, this person is admitting there may be some truth behind Christianity but also questioning whether or not they’ll ever find out if it’s true (or perhaps even if there IS truth behind Christianity).
Remember that your faith is a journey.
In order to better understand your faith, it is important to remember that your faith is a journey. You may not have all the answers right away or even at all. However, you may find yourself asking God questions that don’t seem to have an answer. It’s okay! That’s one way he helps us grow in our relationship with him. Sometimes we will feel lost but we are never alone; God is always close by and wants to help guide you along this journey called life!
Feeling lost in your faith is okay, and it’s always a good idea to be honest with God about it.
The important thing to remember when you’re feeling lost is that God is not surprised by your feelings. He’s always on your side and wants to help you through whatever you’re going through. Your faith may take a hit, but it will be stronger for the experience in the end if you stay honest with God about how you feel.
You are not alone in your struggles as a Christian. We all have bad days, seasons, and even years. But if you are serious about your relationship with Christ, He will always be there for you and help you through it.