Doubt is a topic that is discussed often within the Bible. Unfortunately, it isn’t discussed with the same frequency within churches. As such, misconceptions abound: doubt isn’t common, real believers don’t doubt, or doubt is a mark of something spiritually wrong. The truth is, all Christians struggle with doubt during various seasons of life, which manifests itself in different ways. While some struggle with believing there is a God, others may believe in the God of the Bible but doubt that he cares. Some, perhaps due to trying circumstances or tough life experiences, doubt God’s love and promises to prosper them.
In the face of our doubt, the Bible pulls no punches. Instead of doubt, Christians are called to faith, belief and surety. In James 1, a doubting believer is regarded as “a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind,” and a “double-minded man, unstable in all of his ways.” With such stern words, one might think that God would have an equally stern reaction to the doubting believer. However, we see in Jesus a tender and loving response when he presents himself to Thomas in John 20: “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.”
In the face of our doubt, Jesus points us to the only lasting source of truth and surety – himself. When doubts arise (as they inevitably will), rather than feeling shame or trying to answer all of your questions, let us flee to Jesus and pray that he will reveal himself in His word and His people.
Scripture: 2nd Peter 1:16-18
Sermon: “Be Confidently Convinced”