Clearing the Fog: How Counseling Can Illuminate Your Faith Journey

Do you ever see Christian counseling as a lifeline only when personal crises hit, primarily when tackling emotional, mental health, or relational challenges? While it certainly provides solace in those areas, counseling can be an unexpected compass guiding your discipleship journey and fortifying your faith.

The test of faith comes with everyday questions and challenges. It’s common for believers to turn to prayer, scripture, and their church communities when doubts about God surface. Yet, God can also work through counseling to reinforce your faith in these four enlightening ways:

  1. Unraveling the Knots: Deeper Understanding Through Counseling Engaging with a Christian counselor can give you a profound insight into your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and how they impact your relationship with God. A skilled counselor can pinpoint thinking patterns and behaviors that might be undermining your faith. They facilitate an understanding between your personal history, current trials, and God’s Word.

As a counselor, I’ve often found discussing biblical examples of believers who candidly grappled with their faith to be encouraging for those wrestling with weaker faith. By examining your unique struggles, a counselor can help you connect with God on a personal level.

  1. Safe Harbor: Counseling as a Refuge for Doubt and Questions Every Christian experiences doubts, but knowing who to confide in can be a challenge. Some may fear that their church or small group will dismiss or misconstrue their doubts. You might even feel guilty just for harboring doubts. A counselor can provide a safe, confidential space to vocalize and wrestle with these doubts and questions without judgment. When a counselor rooted in scriptural truth assists you, they can embolden you to express your heart to God (Ps. 62:8) and fearlessly share your struggles or admit your failings to others (James 5:16).
  2. The Power of Company: Counseling Shows God’s Way of Bolstering Faith through Others Battling doubts can feel isolating, especially when everyone else seems to be thriving spiritually. But remember, our faith thrives on community, connection, and shared burdens (Gal. 6:2). Counseling can demonstrate how God uses others to uplift us during seasons of doubt (1 Thess. 5:14), helping us realize that we aren’t alone. By experiencing this, you can better understand others and offer support similarly.
  3. A Fresh Perspective: Counseling Invites a New View of the Gospel Discussing your questions about God’s plan for your life with a faithful counselor can anchor your heart to the good news of the gospel. As you comprehend God’s redeeming work through Jesus and gain confidence in the Spirit’s transformative power, you’ll feel inspired to share this joy with others (Acts 1:8). God’s grace extends to our doubts, offering us the Savior we need for our troubled world (John 16:33).

James urges us to “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (1:2–4).

Navigating life’s challenges can be daunting, especially when our faith wavers. But counseling stands as a beacon of hope, illuminating the pathway to joy when faith feels faint. By embracing counseling rooted in biblical truth, you not only strengthen your faith but also equip yourself to serve God and extend love to others grappling with their own faith.