Having faith does not mean that we will never have doubt. We go through trials, and the seasons of life, and at times, we don’t understand God’s will and purpose for our lives. We, in our human existence fall short. John the Baptist had a trial of his faith…
“And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”
However, faith pushes on THROUGH our doubt at times, and REMEMBERS God’s character. Faith REMEMBERS the faithfulness and provision of God IN SPITE of what we see in front of us! Faith is a conscious decision to trust God! Faith trusts God in the darkness! Faith trusts in the silence! Faith believes the Unseen, and sometimes, “UN-FELT” God!!
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb 11:1)
There are those who would tell you that if you ever doubt God, then you must not have faith. They will often go on these rants about how we need to trust God, and how ashamed we must be that we are questioning God sometimes. They often will brag about how spiritual they are, and that they “never worry about anything” .. blah blah blah. And this often causes a person to feel even worse about questioning God in a given situation! They then begin to not only doubt God, but doubt their relationship to Him as well! (I can say this from personal experience!)
Now don’t get me wrong here… I don’t believe a Christian can or should walk in doubt! Any doubt we have should be temporary. We are not to walk in doubt! And if we do, we are in danger of walking away from God!
“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
I think the proper approach to doubt is always God’s Word. The Bible is FULL of accounts of men and women who went through stuff!
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
But if we only look at the situations we are dealing with, and not at the God who controls EVERYTHING, (even when we can’t see what He’s up to,.. and He doesn’t TELL us what He’s up to!) then we are in danger of getting lost in the sea of doubt. If we are stuck in doubt, we will often look at the men and women in scripture, see how God moved on their behalf, and just say something like, “that was them… God won’t do the same for me.” In the meantime, we forget what God has ALREADY done for us!
I think that our resolve should be to trust God in faith, no matter the situation! It is not that we will never have doubts… It is what we DO about them! I think that we forget that we have an enemy at times! The devil is always poised to plant doubt and distrust of God into our hearts and minds!
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (Jn 10:10)
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Eph 6:10-12)
But we need to FIGHT!
“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—”
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,”
(2 Cor 10:4-5)
Faith lets God know that we will trust Him, even if..! Faith answers God with trust!
“Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
Faith let’s God know that we will remain with Him!
“From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
If you are doubting God right now, I encourage you to trust in faith! Remember how God provided and delivered His people in scripture! Remember ALL of the times He has gotten you through YOUR trials! He is the same God He’s always been, and He is the same God He ALWAYS WILL BE!!! He is FAITHFUL! HE IS WORTHY OF OUR TRUST!