Tuesday, May 25, 2010

When in Doubt...

As the average person, on an average day, in an average location, we often find ourselves in doubt. We just can’t seem to get through the day without that little hint of not being sure about issues and answers. We often create our own safe environment in order to minimize the doubt and sense of not knowing all there is to know. It’s human nature to want to know everything about anything, and to be able to convince ourselves of the fact that we do know it all, when in fact we know very little.

As children of God, we know just what our Father wants us to know, needs us to know, and when and where to use it. This is somewhat comforting in that we can never know too much. We often find ourselves searching for more knowledge, seeking the truth and trying to discern where we can find these genuine items without losing ourselves in the process. This is a natural maturity, seeking and finding answers to our questions, particularly when we pose them to God, our Father. He will never lead us down the wrong path, but instead keep us on the straight and narrow. Our doubt can actually be a good thing, encouraging us to continue our search for the truth.

We, as Christians, need to be ridding ourselves of our doubt and fears continuously by spending our time with the one who knows everything, and has already seen what we are searching for in the first place. He can easily erase our doubt about any subject, big or small, and ease our minds with His grace and mercy. The bible contains a huge volume of wisdom, knowledge and great advice that can be applied to any situation. The book of Psalms and the book of Proverbs contain so much of this timeless advice that is appropriate for any situation, big or small.

We cannot let doubt take over our lives. This would create pandemonium and chaos, allowing our fears to dominate our thoughts and actions. It would advantageous to be prepared to do battle with doubt, particularly when we know it can sneak up on us at any time, in any place, in any situation. We need to put on the armor of God and don the breastplate of righteousness and be prepared to do battle when doubt creeps into our psyche. A keen understanding of God’s Word will provide the ammunition you need to fight off doubt and fear and to live our lives daily in a manner that glorifies God.

As children of God, we need to act accordingly and attempt to learn and understand His guide to life, the Holy Bible. This is our textbook that that has been so graciously provided by the Holy Spirit, taking us from beginning to end. It’s our History 101 class where an “A” may not be good enough, but in His eyes, it is our best effort and we are forgiven for all of our misguided notions. In His eyes, our doubt will not keep us from being His children, and will not keep us out of His kingdom. We just need to make sure we do not doubt His mercy, His faithfulness, His grace. For it is not by our good deeds, our doubtless thoughts that we are welcomed into His kingdom. We are allowed into His heavenly home by His grace and mercy.

If you are confident in your future, and you know that Jesus is the man He says He is, then there is no doubt, no fear that He sits at the right hand of God. He will erase all doubt when our day comes and we see him face to face. Then we can say “see, told you so, there was never a doubt in my mind.”


Stushie said...

You wrote: "In His eyes, our doubt will not keep us from being His children, and will not keep us out of His kingdom."

Really? That seems to be wishful thinking and goes against what Christ actually taught.

John 3:18
18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.

Anonymous said...

Nice proof text.

Did you go to seminary?

Sarahlynn said...

I think Runnin 2 Him was speaking more broadly of doubt rather than specifically about lack of faith in the existence of God.

2 Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves to see whether you are living in the faith. Test yourselves.

runnin 2 Him said...

Thanks Sarahlynn...I was speaking of a much broader definition of doubt and not so much a biblical definition. I would hope that everyone, in some form, has a belief in His existence, its just that they tend to lose faith when trouble comes around, or even when prosperity happens and we give ourselves credit.

runnin 2 Him said...

Thanks Stushie...I'm a devoted servant who has no background in seminary or studies of that nature. When I "ramble" its just that, Ramblings from a devoted servant. I appreciate your candid, and helpful response. It keeps me searching for answers and tackling my "doubt."