Doubt & Trust

1-6Two days before Christmas three Franklin, Tennessee teens lost their lives in a horrible traffic accident when their car went off the road and into a creek during a driving rain. The tragic story got lots of media attention. Heartbroken classmates described them as “amazing kids with big hearts”. Their families’ and friends’ collective hearts were surely broken as they tried in vain to understand Christmas 2015.

At times such as this we humans can doubt our most basic beliefs. It is normal to sometimes doubt God. 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.”

But we are afraid. Several years ago when I was in the deepest chasm of personal despair of my life, 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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