Summary: We all face times of doubt in our life and the most critical part about doubt is how you manage it in your life.
Questions of Doubt?
Thesis: We all face times of doubt in our life and the most critical part about doubt is how you manage it in your life.
Opening Illustration: Clip from Backstage Volume 1 by Blue Fish TV. This Interview is with Jars of Clay as he talks about “Seasons of Doubt”
Doubting - That which is uncertain; that which distrusts or hesitates; having doubts about something.
Joel Smith seeks to define doubt in light of how we define faith. Listen to what he says:
What is faith?
By definition you’ll see that faith is not the absence of doubt. Here’s a description of faith straight out of the Bible.
It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see. Hebrews 11:1 (NLT)
Faith is belief. The opposite of faith is not doubt. It is unbelief. There is a difference between doubt and unbelief, so let’s define it as well.
What is doubt?
Doubt literally means “two minds.” The doubting person vacillates between two points of view. In the Old Testament, the prophet, Elijah called the people to make up their minds about who was really God. He defined doubt quite well:
“How long will you waver between two opinions?” 1 Kings 18:21 (NIV)
Doubt is best defined as the inability to decide if something is right or wrong. Doubt is not unbelief but it is the inability to decide which way to go. One day you go one way the next you go another way.
Doubt affects everyone at different points in life. It can surface in tough times, in good times, or even in the midst of a miracle. Doubt’s come and go in life and the key is learning how to mange doubt in a constructive way. Think about those times in your life when doubt started tugging at your mind. What happened?
Have you ever doubted God’s presence in your life or God’s direction in your life?
The reality check is we all have at one point or another doubted or had questions about God and about His ways in dealing with things in this life. Peter doubted after he had listened to the Lord and walked on the water. He trusted the Lord and he did walk on the water but then when he was out there on top of the water he got sidetracked and started to doubt. His doubt surfaced when he started looking at the circumstances surrounding his miracle walk that’s when he started to sink. Jesus asked Peter “Why did you doubt?” Mt. 14:31. Truth is we have all had similar experiences like Peter. We trust the Lord we move out and then the waves of doubt flood our minds. Praise the Lord that when we doubt and start to sink we can always call upon the Lord to help us up.
The key to understand about doubt is how do we respond it? God is not afraid of our questions to Him. He is not upset with us when we get a thought filled with doubt. He knows we will have those moments of doubt. The key is how do you handle those moments of doubt?
Do you take your eyes off of Jesus?
Do you run away from God?
Do you abandon the ways of God?
Or do you turn to God for answers and ask for a response to your doubt filled thoughts?