When In Doubt

When In Doubt
by Wisdom Hunters
When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples to ask Him, “Are You the One Who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” Matthew 11:2–3
Doubt seeks to destroy our faith.  It is in our discouragement, even despair that we begin to question God:  “What did I do wrong?”  “Lord, did you call me to this place of confusion?”  “Where is my joy and hope?”  “Are you even real or just a figment of my imagination?”  Left to its natural conclusion, doubt crushes our faith in Christ. 
Fortunately, faith does not have to take a furlough when we are frustrated and fatigued.  It is in your confinement that Christ wants to remind you of His great power.  So cry out to Him in your confused circumstances, and He will earnestly listen in love.  In my distress I called to the LORD; I called out to my God.  From His temple He heard my voice; my cry came to His ears” (2Samuel 22:7). He does not leave His loved ones alone and in doubt. 
It is okay to be in doubt, but not to remain in doubt.  What doubt challenges your faith in God?  Is it His provision, His promises, His presence, His character, or His care?  When these questions assault your confidence in Christ, take a step back and review His track record.  The reality of your salvation sets you on the productive path of peace and forgiveness.  Answered prayer over the years is proof enough of His love and concern.  Use this temporary time of distrust to help you go deeper in your understanding and faith with Jesus.  The pressure you feel on all sides could very well be your Savior’s way of soliciting your attention. When in doubt, seek the Lord, learn to love Him completely, and discern more fully His profound promises. 
When in doubt, stay steadfast in seeking your Savior.  Wait on Him, especially when you wonder what is next. Where there is true faith there may be a mixture of unbelief; so remain faithful, even when questions manipulate your faith.  Perseverance will one day free you as a stronger and more-committed follower of Christ.  See Jesus for who He is.  Doubt dissolves in His reassuring presence.  Doubt starves to death when it is not fed. 
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—the LORD, who remains faithful forever” (Psalm 146:5–6).