Is It Ok to Ask God the Big Questions? | Hunter Hayes

Week 2: Lies We Believe

Combatting the lie: God messed up when He made me.

If you don’t have all the answers, today’s video is for you. This is probably the most honest video you’ll find in the World’s Biggest Small Group Identity series because Hunter Hayes is very upfront about the fact that while he 100% believes in God, He is in the middle of struggles with doubts and and massive insecurities. He breaks down his song “Dear God” and tells stories about learning to ask God the questions we’re afraid to ask.


Hunter: “Andy [Grammer] posed the idea of ending the chorus with, “Dear God, are you sure you don’t mess up?” My fears obviously brought me to, “You should never say that in a song!” But my reality said, “Who doesn’t think that?” And I also feel like, and I’ve said this… I believe that God gives me big questions, ’cause if He couldn’t answer them, why would He give me big questions? And I believe that He can answer them. Maybe not in my time or the way I’d like Him to… If I deny Him a conversation, I’m denying Him the chance to teach me something…

The lies that I tell myself or I believe, who doesn’t have those moments like, “Yeah, but none of this makes sense!” … Just a week ago, I had a rough week and I thought, “I can’t beat this. And I should know better!” … Prayed about it, prayed about it, and kind of had to work myself through it… Even though your faith is unshakable, we’re meant to have questions, again, because I think we’re meant to grow…”

Justin: “God can use anything in our life to bring about something in us… I have a lot of those questions that you have in this song… Even if I don’t have the answer to the “why” right now, I do believe God can use these moments right now for something down the road to better me or someone else… It’s honestly refreshing to hear such honesty when it comes to our faith… God helps you to pray even when you don’t know how or what to say. Don’t be afraid to talk to God about your doubts, He will always be there to help you!”

Watch Hunter Hayes perform the song “Dear God.”


In week 2 of the World’s Biggest Small Group: Identity, we’re combatting the lies we so often believe and learning to replace them with truth. Here’s a verse to think on this week as we learn:

10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

(John 10:10 New Living Translation)

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    Laura Huffstetler
    Laura Huffstetler
    October 16, 2018 6:48 am

    God knows our thoughts already, so verbalizing what we are already thinking and feeling is being honest with God and ourselves. He can handle the questions, anger, doubt….look at David, Job, Abraham, Joseph, etc. I have yelled and cried out in anger and fear to Him…and he always answers. Whether through scripture, song or people. When you cry out to Him, expect an answer. Even if it is not the answer you want.

    Cathy Scaggs
    Cathy Scaggs
    Reply to  Laura Huffstetler
    October 17, 2018 9:59 am

    Excellent words.

    Reply to  Cathy Scaggs
    November 1, 2020 8:29 pm

    how do you just let go of some one that you love so very much?😢

    Courtney Cain
    Courtney Cain
    October 17, 2018 11:38 am

    Very honest and open are the words of Hunters song. I like knowing God is always there to carry on a conversation and see Him in small things. Praying that my heart will always stay open to seeing and hearing when the Holy Spirit moves in life around us. Thank you for sharing the “real” side of Jesus, He is there for us in our good moods and not so good moods. The anchor for me is the He is “always” there.

    October 17, 2018 11:08 pm

    Wow, it’s crazy hearing someone else singing your thoughts. I hear all the time that I’m not alone and I have a very hard time believing it because nobody really seems to see things the way I do. I’ve never really heard anyone express their struggles the way I do. The way Hunter articulated his insecurities, I was like somebody gets it. Just wish I could push through them. Every insecurity and wrong choice just seems to swallow me up and no matter how much I try, I just can’t get out.

    Rebecca (Rebie) Ikes
    Reply to  Sarah
    October 19, 2018 10:20 am

    Sarah – please stay on this journey. Ask God the big questions! Cry to him! That’s what He wants and that is totally where healing and truth can start. I love that Hunter reminds us to be courageously real with God. He can handle it! Glad you’re here, Sarah!

    Reply to  Rebecca (Rebie) Ikes
    November 1, 2020 8:30 pm

    does it ever get any easier?

    October 18, 2018 11:25 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing

    Andy Atencio
    Andy Atencio
    January 31, 2019 1:27 pm

    I like the idea that if I don’t ask the questions I have then I am denying God the opportunity to have a conversation with me. I believe we are told to ask the hard questions. I believe that was one of the things Christ taught us. To challenge current thinking and ask the hard questions, even of God.

    Kathy Sinclair
    Kathy Sinclair
    June 19, 2019 12:08 pm

    I appreciate his openness……i too struggle with friendship. It doesnt come natural and I feel crappy at it and like I know people probably like me but not enough to really be thete without, I guess, more effort on my part. I often dont feel like the really likable pursued person that people are wanting to be close friends with…..yet I find myself around church people that ARE like that. Its discouraging because church culture makes me feel like I never quite measure up.

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