When I find myself filled with doubts about what God’s doing
Or not doing
Or whether He even notices me down here on earth struggling to make my life count,
I take comfort from the testimonies of those who have gone before. Their transparency reminds me that I’m not alone.
Consider the vulnerability of C. S. Lewis, who wrote in a letter:
“I have no rational ground for going back on the arguments that convinced me of God’s existence.
But the irrational deadweight of my old skeptical habits, and the spirit of this age, and the cares of the day, steal away all my lively feeling of the truth.
Often when I pray I wonder if I am not posting letters to a non-existent address. Mind you I don’t think so—the whole of my reasonable mind is convinced: but I often feel so.”
Be assured that doubting is not sin. Author and pastor, Erwin Lutzer gave me a good way to verbalize this. In The Vanishing Power of Death (a book I recently read & loved), he writes:
“By doubt, I do not mean unbelief.
They appear to be the same, but there are differences.
Unbelief has been defined as rebellion against evidence that we cannot or will not accept.
But doubt is simply stumbling over a stone that we do not yet understand.
Unbelief—especially the hardened variety—is kicking at a stone that we understand all too well.”
As C. S. Lewis points out, honest doubting—taking our questions to God while remaining open to His answers—can even strengthen our faith.
“If ours is an examined faith, we should be unafraid to doubt.
If doubt is eventually justified, we were believing what clearly was not worth believing.
But if doubt is answered, our faith has grown stronger.
It knows God more certainly and it can enjoy God more deeply.”
I so appreciate the insights of these godly men. I can tell they’ve ‘been in my shoes.’
If God weren’t so important to me,
If I hadn’t given my whole life to following Him,
If I didn’t hang all my hopes on salvation and eternity,
Maybe then I would silence my doubts and move on to some easier way to live.
But I continue to walk His path, stumbling over hard truths as I go.
And periodically He reminds me that my wavering does not diminish Him in any way.
Because God is big enough—and gracious enough—to handle my doubts.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Blessings, friends!
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