40 loaves; Breaking Bread with Our Father Each Day
Why don’t I have much faith? Religion often makes it uncomfortable if not impossible to ask faith questions, leaving genuine seekers cold. Yet Jesus offered his followers an ongoing conversation—free, open-ended discussion. Baker’s forty questions–like Why am I so bored with Jesus? or Why do I dodge the Bible?–nourish self-examination and offer validation for those who feel discouraged, guilty, even shamed when their lives don’t match up with the ideals of the Christian establishment. For something different in a daily read, try taking a few bites out of 40 Loaves.
“Why don’t I have more faith?”
“Why am I so bored with Jesus?”
“Why are Christians so hard for me to like?”
There are many questions we’re not supposed to ask when playing by the religious rules. It makes people uncomfortable. So why is it that Jesus invited questions and even asked some of them himself? What is it that you’re afraid to ask God? It’s a risky prospect to begin asking–but far riskier to continue simply trying to get by without knowing. Author C. D. Baker asked himself 40 soul-searching questions which started a conversation in his heart and ultimately showed him more about God than He ever expected.
Can we become more honest with who we really are and find who God says He really is at the same time? Come indulge yourself in daily readings with an honest exploration of your secret fears and thoughts, and know that you will always be welcomed in God’s unconditional love.
Search me, O God … and know my anxious thoughts.
–Psalm 139:23 NIV