When Faith Feels Complicated

I fell into bed with a deep sigh and a whimper of relief, as if I hadn’t only emerged from my comfy cocoon 12-hours before.

“What’s wrong?” my husband asked knowingly.

“Just thinking.” I offered with a shrug.

“Those thoughts, huh? Your brain needs an off switch, babe.” He swung his arm wide offering my favorite spot to lay my head on his chest; the one where he can knead the tension from my neck.

After all these years, my husband knows my heaves and sighs mean my mind is on over-drive—over analyzing, over-thinking, and more often than not, over-doing.

Over the past weeks, I’ve found myself seated before the Lord with questions. I’ve asked them before, but the answers feel forgotten. “What if I did this? Or how about the other instead? Do I quit? Do I press on? What do you think, Lord? What should I do?”

Honestly, I’m exhausted just asking.

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I’m so guilty of this…asking hundreds of questions and thinking dozens of thoughts rather than simply pursuing truth. I’m pretty sure God looks down on me like, “Sweet girl, why are you making it so complicated?”

We do that, don’t we? We take what God has given with brilliant simplicity, pure authority and unsurpassed power and we twist, bend, mold, multiply, distort and then try to pass it off as His idea. Where He brings good plans and perfect order, we create a mess. And then we ask Him to fix it.

“For Jesus doesn’t change–yesterday, today, tomorrow,
He’s always totally Himself.” Hebrews 13:8 MSG

We can see it all around us too, can’t we? Those whom we once trusted to rightly divide God’s word have part and parceled it beyond recognition. They’ve created their own doctrine and fashioned their own gospel, and delivered it to us with the expectation that we’ll rally in support.

God doesn’t complicate things. We do.

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God’s truth has not changed, and neither has our access to it. His Spirit speaks and we still have ears to hear. I’m so grateful for those who offer wisdom, guidance, and instruction, but there is no voice that can ever replace God’s.

Today, instead of asking all my questions and rattling off my needs, I listened—to the birds singing, the wind rustling the palm branches, and my breath pressing in and out. It was as if God whispered, “It doesn’t need to be so hard.”

There is freedom, clarity, and rest in that reassurance.

God’s word doesn’t need to be complex in order to be meaningful.

His truth doesn’t need to be deep to have eternal value.

His answers don’t change, and they are still right.

We may have forgotten, but truth is right where we left it. We don’t need to make faith complicated, we just need to believe. 

By His endless grace,

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You can also find these words linked up at my favorite spots: Jennifer Dukes Lee – Tell His StoryHolley Gerth – Coffee for Your HeartKristin Hill Taylor – Porch Stories, Lyli Dunbar – Faith on Fire, Crystal Storms – Heart Encouragement Thursday, and Arabah Joy’s Grace & Truth.

48 thoughts on “When Faith Feels Complicated

  1. Such a great post, Tiffany. And I’m glad I’m not the only one…
    I have chosen to feature your post on Grace and Truth this week. Be sure to pop by my site on Friday to get the “I was featured” button. Thanks for linking up with us.

    1. Hi Aimee! How fun and thank you so much for choosing to feature these words. That’s a wonderful surprise and blessing. And no, you’re not the only one … you are in good company. ;)

  2. This is so beautifully written Tiffany! Your are right, God doesn’t need to be complex to be meaningful! I love when I just sit, listen, and allow God to whisper in my ear!

  3. Thank you for continuing to share of yourself Tiffany, through writing. Be encouraged and know that you’re impacting so many as you continue to write. :)

  4. So true, Tiffany! We are the ones who make this faith walk more difficult than it need be. I often finding myself asking God these same things questions and He simply says, “Trust me, Rachel…. You are making this harder than it needs to be!” I hear ya, friend! May we both learn to trust Him more and rest more in the belief that He’s got us and will guide our steps as we walk in obedience! Thanks for these words and encouragement!

    1. Yes, Rachel – I’m with you resting in faith and trusting Him to lead the way. He is so worthy of our trust! Thanks for visiting, friend … and for sharing the post as well!

  5. Yes! His voice stills all the others, the way I imagine it did from the boat out over the storm with the disciples… I just have to rest in this! Honestly, this connects with me today in a way I nearly forgot to in regards to a certain situation on my plate right now… grateful and thankful for you and would hug yer neck through the screen if I could… thanks, girl! xxoo

    1. I’m all for a good hug, Christine. So glad the words met you today – and here’s to a God willing and able to calm every storm – even the ones of our own making! ;)

  6. This really resonates in my heart, Tiffany. I, too, am so guilty of “asking hundreds of questions and thinking dozens of thoughts rather than simply pursuing truth.” I’m such an over-analyzer. Thank you for reminding me to seek Truth instead of making things more complicated than they are. Love and hugs to you!

  7. I’m so right there with you, all these questions filling my mind in this season of life and I make things complicated when they don’t need to be complicated. It really doesn’t need to be so hard. I needed this reminder today. Thank you for sharing this!

  8. Amen sister. I sure know all about complicating things that should be simple. Thanks for your words I pinned to my positive inspirations board. Have an amazing day.

  9. Oh yes, I can relate so well with your thoughts here! I am trying to pay attention when my husband notices that I am getting overwhelmed with it all. (They do know us so well, don’t they?) Thank you for this precious reminder that God’s Truth is rock solid, even when I feel shaky and try to analyze all the ways around the issue. He does know what is best! Blessings to you!

  10. So true. We’re the one who makes God’s truth so complicated! I’m guilty, too. Overthinking. It’s a problem of mine. Thank you for these encouraging words. Visiting from #coffeeforyourheart

    1. Hi Dawn! I think we could start an over thinkers anonymous and run out of cookies every week! ;) Grateful that God can sort through our thoughts when we let Him. Thanks for visiting today.

  11. Lovely, lovely! I feel like you and I must be similar. I also struggle with wondering if “should I give up,” “am I doing the right thing,” “what should I do next?” I’m encouraged that I’m not the only one. Thanks for this little bit of encouragement today.

    1. I think us two probably have several others that would join us. Maybe it’s a girl thing? ;) Praying that God brings clarity and answers your questions with the encouragement you need – from Him for you. Thanks for visiting today, Rosanna.

  12. Hi Tiffany,
    I wonder that same thing myself — why does it have to be so complicated — and then remember that maybe it doesn’t have to be! I’m especially prone to the “what ifs” and yet sometimes if I let myself stay in that what if scenario in my head, then it doesn’t really look as inviting as I thought and maybe I’m in the right place, after all. Beautiful words, as always, here! xo

    1. Those “what-ifs” get me every time and boy can we come up with a whole lot of them. I find that sometimes just doing the next thing God brings me, ends up being right where He wants me, rather than all the other places I think I should be. Does that make sense? His plans always work better. Thanks for visiting, friend. Big hugs.

    2. I wrote all about those what if’s this week in my blog post about optimism. Try out a “why not”. Us ladies tend to be extra critical of ourselves and our decision making. Sometimes it holds us back from some pretty amazing opportunities and causes so much unwanted stress. God Bless girls!

  13. As I read your post, I kept thinking how the Bible says God is not the author of confusion. You are SO right…it is we who overcomplicate the simplicity of the Gospel. I am right there with you, sweet friend. I have so many questions, and all God is asking us to do is to trust Him. We are both blessed to have very understanding, empathetic husbands who help us through our battles. God is so good!

    1. Amen, Cheryl – He is a God of order, isn’t He?! We can make trusting far more complicated than it needs to be, especially in light of the greatness of our God. And yes, so grateful for our guys who get us. Thanks for joining the conversation today.

  14. So true- I definitely overcomplicate it sometimes! It reminds me why Jesus held up children as an example to us- everything is much more straightforward and where we think too much and try to understand it all they keep it simple and trust.

  15. so true – I make a mess and then ask God to fix it! Thanks for the great reminder – faith is simple. Grateful for His steady hand. xx

  16. Oh so I ever get this! Second guessing when I know God spoke and directed. That’s the unknown in faith. Xoxo

  17. THIS: “We may have forgotten, but truth is right where we left it. We don’t need to make faith complicated, we just need to believe.” Oh how often do we make faith complicated? Great post friend. Blessed to be your neighbor at Kristin’s Porch Stories today.

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