Dealing With Doubt
Posted: Saturday, February 14
Verse of the day:
When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted! (Matthew 28:17)
I love the honesty of the Scriptures. I don’t know about you, but when I read that some of the disciples doubted, it makes me trust this book that much more. After all, who in their right mind would write such things about themselves? It’s just so real.
Reading this also makes me feel a little less weird and a little more normal. I can identify with doubt. Every once in a while I struggle to believe that the best is yet to come in some area of my life. It’s like the fire of my hope gets suffocated by a wet blanket of circumstances or emotions. There are even moments where I worship, just like the disciples, and doubt strangles my belief. So what do you do in real-life moments like that? What do you do with doubt?
First of all, I love what the disciples did; they got up close to meet with Jesus. They didn’t yield to their doubt, quit and walk away. They ignored the pull of isolation and they went to the place Jesus told them to go to, the place where He would meet them and that’s good advice, if you are struggling with doubt. If you doubt your salvation, spend time with the Savior. If you doubt that healing will come, draw near to the Healer. If you think that a relationship will never get better, get close to the Reconciler. The disciples joined together to meet with Jesus. Here’s what happened: Jesus infused hope where there was doubt.
Secondly, I love what Jesus does. He doesn’t malign them, challenge them, or even excommunicate them. Instead, He comes to them. He shows them who He is. He invites them to be a part of His plan. He even commissions them to go into all the world! That is amazing! Jesus is not put off by their doubt. He’s not insecure about their insecurity. Jesus meets their doubt head on, with grace.
Are you dealing with doubt in some area of your life? Take a step toward Jesus and let Him give you hope. Tell Him how you feel. Listen once again to what the Bible says about your doubts. Trust me, He’s already reaching out to you. He’s waiting for you on the mountain.