What About Doubt?

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Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.

Look down from heaven, and see from Your habitation, holy and glorious. Where are Your zeal and Your strength, the yearning of Your heart and Your mercies toward me? Are they restrained? (Isaiah 63:15)

Have you ever struggled with doubt? Doubt is not necessarily a sign that a person is wrong; it is a sign that he or she is thinking.

There are times in life when things don’t make sense to us, even as believers. Maybe something happened and you scratched your head and asked, “Where is God in all of this?” Maybe you were praying about something, and God seemed to be silent. Or, He could have done something to fix your situation, but it seemed as though He were sitting on His hands, intentionally dragging His feet, or not even paying attention. That caused you to momentarily entertain doubt.

It has been said that doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith. Sometimes we may think God is doing something that He really isn’t doing. Or, we don’t understand why He did a certain thing. When tragedy hits the life of a Christian, we wonder why. Why did God do this?

The problem is that we interpret God in light of the tragedy instead of the other way around. Rather than interpret God in the light of our tragedy, we must interpret our tragedy in the light of God. Remember that God is in control . . . that He loves you . . . that He can work all things “together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

We will realize in that final day when we stand before God that He never sat on His hands but, in fact, those hands were nailed to a cross. We will understand why He did or did not do what we wanted Him to do. Until that day, we need to trust and follow Him.

 

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