If there is doubt, there is no doubt at all. What does this mean to you? For me, it means if you question, you can be certain. Doubt is not a bad thing. It creates the need to seek, explore, study and verify. As a Believer, the more we do search the Bible for truth and experience God’s love and care, the less we doubt.
The world’s modern thinking and philosophies can fill us with doubt as well. Believers are mocked, ridiculed, and discredited whenever possible. We are called intolerant, ignorant, and simple-minded. If our faith is not strong and well established, it would be easy for these attitudes to sway our thinking. Their lack of faith can lead to our increased doubt if we allow it.
When bad things happen: illness, death, loss of job, divorce, (you name it), any of these can cause doubt. We have to remember we live in a fallen world. Bad things happen all the time. Our faith makes the difference in how we deal with it. God is NOT the author of evil but will work in the situation to turn things around for our good. If we accept this truth, God will be a great comfort when we turn to him for help.
Satan likes to muddle our thinking hoping we doubt our faith, the existence of God, and the saving grace of Jesus. In reality, we should be honored that he does that. If we weren’t making a difference in the world, he wouldn’t be as interested in pulling us off course.
God understands our doubt. Look at Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples. He said he would not believe Jesus rose from the dead unless he saw for himself. (Passage below) We all have that mindset from time to time. Other times, our faith is solid as a rock, and there is no question.
There will be times you will have doubts about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and your faith in them. Don’t let that trip you up. God is real. Jesus did come to earth, lived a holy life, died on the cross, and rose again. After Jesus had ascended to heaven, he sent the Holy Spirit. There is no doubt.
John 20:24-29 (NKJV)
24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.
25 The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!”
27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at my hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”