Last week I heard a couple of people on campus talking about their doubts regarding their faith. They had a lot of doubts, and they seemed to have come to the point where they have embraced doubt itself. I’ve seen that happen in many churches and campus ministries in recent years, where doubt is being celebrated and held up as a mark of maturity. But we don’t see this same attitude in Scripture. One of the most famous instances of doubt in the Bible occurs with one of the twelve disciples, named Thomas (in John chapter 20). Following the resurrection, when the other disciples were telling Thomas that Jesus was alive, Thomas said he wouldn’t believe it unless he was able to see it for himself. Eight days later, Thomas did see Jesus, and he believed. Jesus didn’t allow Thomas to stay in his doubts. Jesus didn’t celebrate the doubt in Thomas. In fact, Jesus pointed to those who have not seen, and yet believe (John 20:29). Thomas is an example for us that doubts do arise from time to time, even in one who walked and talked with Jesus. But what should we do when those doubts creep in?
We must realize that doubt is a form of unbelief and distrusting God, and we should never embrace or celebrate that. Instead, Jesus calls us to “repent and believe” (Mark 1:15). Like the man who cried out to Jesus, “I believe; help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24), we must turn to Christ for His help in our weakness. As we call out to God in prayer, and as we listen to God through His Word (the Bible), we’re not resigned to wallow in doubt. Instead we’re searching for answers and expecting to find them in the proper place.
The opposite of doubt is HOPE and TRUST. Romans 15:4 tells us that through the encouragement of the Scriptures, we can have hope. God speaks to us through Scripture and the more we get to know Him, the more we trust Him and have hope for the future. John 20:31 says that the apostle John wrote that book so that we would believe and have life! There’s no life in doubting, so don’t stay there. Look to Jesus to give you hope and life abundantly!
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“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” (Romans 15:13)