Dealing With Doubt
Have you ever had questions about your faith? Of course you have, but is that healthy?
Doubt is something we, as humans, encounter on a daily basis. It literally is human nature to doubt. The question becomes: When is it okay for me to doubt?
Doubting situations, circumstances, and people is one thing, but do you ever have doubts in what God can do in your life? If you're like me, then you don't openly doubt who God is or what He can do, but you tend to question how powerful God is when we insert OURSELVES into the situation.
"Lord, I know you are all-powerful and can do all things... but can you do all of that through a messed up knucklehead like me?"
That's pretty much what my thought process has been throughout my life.
First, we must acknowledge a few things:
1. If God is who He says He is, then there should be no problem.
2. We are loved and God has a desire for us to know Him and put our absolute faith in Him.
3. When we let go and let God take control, we have to give up completely and release any doubts we might have in Him to work through us.
Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.
If we place ALL of our trust in the Lord and quit leaning on the understanding that we can fathom, then the Lord will show us His ways and make them plain for us to see. That doesn't mean that life will be easy or that we won't have our doubts in people or circumstances, but our path will be laid out before us and it will obvious.
Sometimes I feel like I am walking down that straight and narrow path with a blind-fold on my face, but maybe that's what the Lord calls us to do from time to time so that our faith may be tested and proven.
The word 'lord' means "boss". If we are going to allow God to be Lord of our lives, then we must not doubt in His ability to use us for His glory. We just have to make His glory a priority over our comfort.
"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways." - James 1:5-8 (ESV)