Faith · Reflections

Doubt: A guest piece

I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve had doubts. It’s something I’m sure we’ve all struggled with. We want to know everything and we want to know it all now, but friends let me ask you something…

If we were to know everything beyond the shadow of a doubt, as we like to say, does that leave any room for faith?

“Many, especially those who are young in the Christian life, are at times troubled with the suggestions of skepticism. [However,] God never asks us to believe, without giving sufficient evidence … yet [that same] God has never completely removed the possibility of doubt.

Those who wish to doubt will have opportunity; while those who really desire to know the truth will find plenty of evidence on which to rest their faith.”

Okay, so what are we supposed to do with doubt?

Notice how Jesus, in His time among us, gave those who were his believers opportunity to exert their faith. After all, in our Christian walk, we will find that the bridge between doubt and the blessed assurance of God in our lives is faith, not historical facts, fulfilled prophecy or scientific evidence. That we find these facts and evidence is merely the grace and providence of a God who knows the reasoning faculties He has bestowed to the crown of His earthly creation. We must not become dependent on material evidence for our faith to have substance. In the age of the scientific method and prophetic study it is easy to forget that we are to “walk by faith, and not by sight.” [2 Corinthians 5:7] It is too easy to “need” physical proof of the temporary kind, losing sight of the eternal picture. This is why now is the time for us to “fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen. Since what is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal.” [2 Corinthians 4:18]

And whenever we are tempted to doubt, we must open His word, and pray, “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.” [Mark 9:24] I

Because faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

Seek Him and “He [will] show you, oh mortal man, what is Good and what the Lord require of you? Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God.“- Micah 6:8

Beloved, the world is skeptically looking to you to see if you are walking the walk you talk about and the universe is anxiously watching you to see if you will grasp the hand of God in faith and walk with Him across the finish line.

We must delve into the knowledge of the One by whom and in whose image we were created. For good works can only spring out of our redemption. Thus will we live a fulfilled and purposeful existence and only then will we be able to be everything we were created for.

So today, “Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted” (Hebrews 10:23).

And

“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our Faith.” – [Hebrews 12:1-2]
– Jessica Senior

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