Do you have doubts about God, about the reality and reliability of His promises, about His plans and purposes for you, doubts about His love for you? Though some may have the idea that Christians never doubt, the truth is that no one is exempt from doubt. All of us are vulnerable to doubt and have faced some degree of doubt. Even those in the Bible we call 'heroes of faith' doubted. But let’s be clear: Doubt is sin. When we doubt God we are exalting our opinions and feelings over the truth of God’s Word. Doubt, left to run its course, will destroy faith. So doubt must be addressed. And there needs to be an environment where none of us has to be afraid to talk about our doubts and seek help. God calls us to help others in this matter: "Be merciful to those who doubt" (Jude 22), listening and guiding with humility and patience.
Perhaps you are the one who needs that mercy right now; perhaps you are struggling in a season of doubt. I want you to know that doubt doesn’t instantly make you an unbeliever. Doubt is the struggle with faith; unbelief is the rejection of faith. Oppose that doubt. Leaning on your own understanding cannot help you. When we cannot trace the hand of God, we can and must trust the heart of God. He has revealed His heart to us, to you, in Christ, who came for us. He died, He rose, and He will come again for us. To do what? "To present you before God’s glorious presence, without fault and with great joy." (Jude 24) ...Don’t miss what that says. Though sin (including our doubts) makes us full of blame, yet Christ presents us without fault before the Father. This is the great joy of being forgiven fully in Christ! He Himself is our sure defense against doubt. It is "Him who is able to keep you from falling." (Jude 24) So then, let us SHOW MERCY TO THOSE WHO DOUBT and SHARE CHRIST WITH THOSE WHO DOUBT. At Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, we stand ready to listen to you and eager to guide you in God’s Word through your doubts.
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Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.