Only one week until spring break, my friends!! If you are like me, you have had a countdown going since we got back to school in January. I know many of you are going on the mission trip and some of you are not, just know that I will be praying for you no matter where you are going next week!
Last week at FCA, we heard from David Olshine from Sandhills Community Church. David spoke about faith and doubt, and what to do about the relation between the two.
He began with the statement that faith and doubt can coexist -- something I have been confused about in the past. I know I am most likely not alone in the thought that doubt means I am lacking faith, and David assured us that doubt is a natural, human reaction to something as miraculous as the love of God. Doubt is defined as a feeling of uncertainty and lack of conviction -- something we do because we are simply human.
Jude 22 says to be merciful to those who doubt. A good reminder for all of us and a reassurance that the Lord himself is merciful to us in our seasons of doubt.
David continued by giving six reasons why doubt occurs in the minds and hearts of Christians and non-Christians alike:
1. Storms of Life
5. Silence of God
He expanded on all of these points and helped us understand where these doubts come from and how to combat them. There is a difference though, between worshipping doubters and doubting worshippers.
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Even in the Bible it is stated that many worshipped but some doubted. Doubt does not counteract faith as long as we don’t give into that doubt.
16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.”
24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”
But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
27 The man asked him, “What is your name?”
“Jacob,” he answered.
28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel,[a] because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”
29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.”
But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there.
30 So Jacob called the place Peniel,[b] saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”
31 The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip.
Maybe some of you are going through the fight of your life right now, maybe you are wrestling with God over doubts. That is one hundred percent okay as long as you bring those doubts to God. He wants to help you through them.
How do you start to work through them?
Be brutally honest about your doubts
Acknowledge that there is mystery in faith
When life gets messy, look for God’s light through the darkness
I hope that if you are going through doubt in any area of your faith, you can use this as a guide to understand those doubts and then eventually work through them. I pray that you have an incredible week filled with the love of Jesus and that wherever you go next week that you are protected and that you feel safe under the power of the Lord.
Have such an incredible week!