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Faith and Doubt

"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." Hebrews 11:6 NIV


Jesus is very familiar with our struggles with faith. When the great storm arose on the Sea of Galilee, the disciples were sure they would drown. Even the fact that Jesus was with them provided no comfort. After being awoken and calming the sea, Jesus exclaims, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” (Matthew 8:26) We also recall the story of Thomas, who proclaimed he would need to see the nail scars before he believed Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus appeared to Thomas in a locked room and said, Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” (John 20:27) These are just two of many stories in the Bible dealing with doubt and faith.


We don't need to look at the Bible to find these stories, though; we can find plenty in our own lives. Just because we are believers in Christ doesn't mean we are exempt from the struggle with our faith. To feel challenged is as part of our existence as breathing. However, in clinging to our faith in the face of doubt, we are allowed to grow in Christ.


The event on the Sea of Galilee did not discourage the disciples from believing in Christ. It did not end there; they continued to follow him, holding fast to the good news and carrying it throughout the world. Thomas acknowledged Christ in his moment of doubt, renewing his faith by saying to Christ, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20 28) While we do not have physical encounters with Jesus like the disciples, we have many spiritual encounters. Recalling those times of doubt and our deliverance through faith helps prepare us for the challenges that lie ahead.


God, we are thankful for your continued commitment to us. However, we confess our weakness; sometimes, our faith becomes challenged, and we experience periods of doubt. Please help us to remember your faithfulness during those times and to strengthen us in our resolve to remain faithful. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Blessings,

Pastor Tim



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