a2z: D is for Doubt
Are you someone who sees a new opportunity and instantly feels this could happen? No doubt for you, nothing but smiles, rainbows and dare I write it? Yes, unicorns.
Is your faith so strong that you have no doubt that everything will turn out fine?
That is not me. I have fallen into the big hole of doubt. I won’t even look at it. When a question comes up that suggests a good outcome I run because I think it’s not possible.
“Be merciful to those who doubt.” Jude 22 Click to tweet.
I’m not sure when this switch happened. I used to cling to the verse, “Everything is possible through Christ.”
I still belive that verse, it’s just that I doubt it will work out for me.
Now, don’t be sending me off for antidepressants or to seem my favorite therapist Marty Lintvedt (co-author of We’re not Blended We’re Pureed) I’m fine, really I am.
My doubt turns to fear–did you all know it does that? My fear is about the world we live in. Is it going to implode next week? Will the taxes in Illinois cause us to lose everything? I’m probably wrong, but I’ll be close enough–small businesses like ours pays 44% in taxes right now, that doesn’t include our personal taxes.
The world around me is changing so fast between terror attacks and out of control government I think surely the end of the world is in a few days, so I doubt I’ll get that next book written or the fridge cleaned out. (Yeah probably hoping for that last one a little too much.)
Then I look back at history and realize as far back as Genesis it looked like the world was done for and what happened? God saved us, over and over again until the only thing he could do was send his Son. And that’s what it’s really about, waiting for Him to return and take me home.
So doubt go away and please don’t return another day.
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23
Is doubt an issue for you?
Do you think it’s okay for Christians to doubt? Please tell.
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18 thoughts on “Do Christians Doubt”
Hi Di, to me, doubt and self-confidence are very closely related. When I have doubts about something I want, it seems that its actually self-confidence that I lack to go after it. I think it is human nature to doubt. I also think if I were more aggressive in nature, I might have less doubt. Hope this makes sense!!
Great blog!! Love you xoxo
Love you too Luanne! So nice to see you here.
Yes, self-confidence play a huge part in my ‘doubting’ stage. Hmm, maybe I should turn on my aggressive nature. 🙂
Yes, I doubt constantly when it comes to my children. I doubt I was a good enough mom. I doubt I’m a good enough everything. Ugh. Doubt go away, indeed!
oh yes, that’s one of the worst doubts isn’t it and yet…we probably did okay. 🙂
Diana, it’s so nice to know I’m not alone. We posted about the same “D” word. 🙂
And you know what’s even funnier? I’m visiting in Chicago this week. lol
That is funny! Or is it great minds?
It’s natural for Christians to doubt…I think if we didn’t then as others said we wouldn’t grow in our faith. Good post and good discussion!
Ah but why does the growing have to be so hard? 🙂
It’s not uncommon for Christians to doubt. When the world around us is literally screaming at us to turn away from our faith because we’re “bigots”, “idiots”, or worse, doubt creeps in. Hold close to Him! Thanks for posting, Diana.
I wish the world be quiet for a bit. All this noise does distract us.
How do you know something, without knowing its opposite? I think asking questions leads to a richer life than thinking you have all the answers. I sometimes think we connect more in the things we don’t know or understand than in the things we claim to.
Another good reply. It’s true when I don’t know something I keep at it until I figure it out.
I’m with you, Diane. I can hardly stand to watch new news these days. But the Lord always gently reminds me that ultimately it’s all good. I vacillate between longing for today to be THE day and understanding that so many still need to turn to Him so they can join us. When I begin to doubt because of the decline around us, I cling more tightly to our Savior.
That’s where I’m at right now, clinging. I’m attempting to read The Works of Josephus and it appears that while they may have used elephants to destroy each other they same sort of things were going on way back when and the world is still here.
Doubt and critical thinking and taking a look at your beliefs are essential, I think :).
Thanks for leaving a comment, Leanne. Yes, that’s true–it seems as humans we need to keep checking to make sure we’re doing it right. 🙂
Love that! Now I feel okay about my doubt! Stagnation stinks!
Oh yes, Christians doubt! I think we would stagnate if not dwelling on the issues that grow us.