JUST A THOUGHT In Doubt

The Covington News - - RELIGION - Dr. Wil­liam Burn­ham is pas­tor of Point of Grace Church in Cov­ing­ton. He can be reached at burn­hamw@char­ter.net.

Doubt hap­pens to the best of us. I know we some­times put peo­ple on a pedestal like fa­mous preach­ers, au­thors or even ma­ture Chris­tians we know and then crit­i­cize our­selves with com­par­isons like “I bet they are too spir­i­tu­ally ma­ture to doubt like me. I wish I was more like them.” But the truth is, they do have times of doubt be­cause we all do. We have times of doubt when tragedies strike for no rea­son or prayers go unan­swered or we get mis­treated for try­ing to do the right thing, etc. We won­der if any­one else strug­gles with the same doubts we do. Well, yes they do. We know from bib­li­cal records Abra­ham, Moses and even David had times of deal­ing with doubt. And so did John the Bap­tist, of whom Je­sus said, “I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John” (Lk 7:28a). And when did Je­sus make th­ese re­marks? Right after John sent some in­quires to Je­sus to help set­tle his own deal­ings with doubt. What does God do with or about our doubt? He lets the record of His word and His ac­tions do the work of bring­ing light to our dark hours. Je­sus re­sponded to John’s doubt with a re­count­ing of His works and th­ese words: “Blessed is the man who does not fall away on ac­count of me” (Lk 7:23). Let’s be clear, ev­ery­one has times of deal­ing with doubt. Doubt­ing can be disturbing and dis­rupt­ing — but it need - self deal­ing with this dark­ness, bring a lit­tle light into the sit­u­a­tion by re­mind­ing your­self of the faith­ful­ness of God through His Words and look around at all He has done al­ready for you as a means of see­ing what He is yet to do.

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