question_head5The Foley,  Sotloff and Haines families’ hearts have been summarily ripped out by agents of Satan calling themselves “ISIS”. Obviously these barbarians have no consciences or limits to what they will do to inflict pain on those they describe as “Infidels”. After James Foley was executed I watched the heart wrenching interview that his parents gave outside their family home. They talked about what a great son Jim had been. They also gave God credit for giving them the strength to make it day by day. It was a remarkable interview and remarkable faith.

At times such as this we humans can doubt our most basic beliefs. It is normal to sometimes doubt God and to always have questions. Fortunately, the Bible clearly teaches that God understands our doubt and is full of stories that are meant to help us when doubt burrows its way deep into our souls.

Matthew 14:22-27 (NLT) …Jesus made his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake while he sent the people home.  Afterward he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.  Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came to them, walking on the water.  When the disciples saw him, they screamed in terror, thinking he was a ghost.  But Jesus spoke to them at once. “It’s all right,” he said. “I am here! Don’t be afraid.”

Yet, we are afraid. Several years ago when I was in the deepest chasm of  personal despair, I remember thinking “I’m not sure God is going to get me through this.” For a time I wasn’t sure. Yet, even as I thrashed about in the sinking quicksand of doubt, I choose to reach out to God because there was no other choice. That was when I learned first-hand that doubt and trust are not always mutually exclusive.

None of us doubt that the sun is going to come up tomorrow because we’ve seen it happen day after day.  Just like the never late sunrise God is faithful even when we are not. Doubt isn’t the big deal.  It’s what we do with the doubt that will determine if our faith is strengthened or weakened.

Something to think about


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