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April 16, 2013

Firsthand Experience | Day 7

Bringing Your Doubts to God

Today’s scripture to meditate on: “Fear not, for I am with you;  be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you,  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

The following is an excerpt from Firsthand: Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own by Ryan and Josh Shook.

Have you ever found yourself wondering where God is? Maybe you have found yourself asking the question in a stressful or disastrous situation. Maybe you’ve been struck with an overwhelmingly emotional feeling that God has left you. Maybe a nagging question has grown in the back of your mind over time.

God, where are You?

Are You good?

Are You trustworthy?

Do You care?

Everywhere you look in the world around you there seems to be injustice, environmental degradation, and human suffering. You’re not alone if you can’t help wondering whether God just left us to rot. What should a thoughtful person do when faced with the realities of a painful and often unfair world?

We love the passion with which the author of Psalm 10 pours out his heart when faced with the seeming absence of God. “Why, O LORD, do you stand far off?” he wrote. “Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” (verse 1). The author of this psalm was doing exactly what God wants us to do when faced with doubts about His presence. He didn’t bury his doubts. And he didn’t just complain about his doubts to his friends. Instead, he brought his doubts directly to God.

We believe that kind of brutal honesty with God is always the first step you need to take with your doubts. Think about this: God is no less with you in your doubts than He is with you in your certainties. No difference. In the middle of your doubts, God hasn’t moved, and He hasn’t disappeared. At the moment maybe you can’t see or feel Him, but just because you’re doubting doesn’t mean He’s not still there.