The Value of Doubt


Doubt can be the catalyst to growth and depth. It doesn’t have to lead to despair.

I’m naturally curious. I want to know how things work, how things ended up the way they did, who was involved, and how they got there.

I read a lot of labels, bulletin boards, historical markers, plaques, and brochures. Yes, sometimes I end up wasting a little time, but more times than not, I end up finding out some fascinating information and stories.

I’m the same way in my faith. There are lots of things I don’t understand about being a Christian.

Much of God is still a mystery to me. Much of His work I still don’t understand.

Sometimes, when I read a passage of Scripture, I end up with more questions than I do answers. I end up pulling commentaries and dictionaries off the shelf, chasing down word translations and sometimes, reading what theologians and other pastors have said about this passage. Like any other area of my life, I end up finding out a lot of very cool stuff.

You see, doubt isn’t the problem. It’s what you do with your doubt that matters.

Most of us use doubt to cover our anger and disappointment. We’re angry or disappointed with God and we’ll express it in our doubt. We then use doubt to cover our disobedience and rebellion against God. That, of course, leads to all kinds of problems. People will blame doubt and say people got into trouble because they began to question their faith.

But that’s not true.

Jesus is a teacher. He loves being a teacher.

More than anything, Jesus loves to spend time with eager students. Jesus wants us to know, to understand, and to believe.

Doubt can be the catalyst to growth and depth. It doesn’t have to lead to despair.

Doubt can you lead you closer to Christ.

Like a lot of things in life, doubt is neither good nor bad. It all depends on how you choose to use it.

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