May 24, 2012

Is It Okay to Have Doubts About My Faith?

So many Christ followers think that we shouldn’t doubt and so many Churches tell us not to; but without those doubts, there wouldn’t be a time of growth from it.

Doubts tend to creep in for me during times of stress, discouragement or disappointment. Problems and pressures can cause you to reconsider your faith. In fact, I’ve discovered that’s when my faith matters the most. God grows my faith through the trials I face. I love the story when Jesus encounters a man with a troubled son and tells the father, “Everything is possible to him who believes.” I love the way The Message puts the father’s response to Jesus. It’s so honest, and it’s how I sometimes feel when I pray. It says in Mark 9:24, “No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the father cried, ‘Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!’”

On the other hand, there are times when we need to cast our doubts aside. When confronting Thomas after Jesus’ resurrection from the dead in John 20:27, Jesus said, “…  Stop doubting and believe.”  In other words, you may have seasons of doubt; but, they don’t have to be permanent. God has given us the witness of His Word and His promises, the witness of His Spirit and the Church to resolve many common doubts and build confident faith. As your relationship grows stronger, your doubts will become less because you will experience God’s love and care.