Taboo: Doubt

There are many things that are considered “taboo” in the church—things we just don’t want to talk about. Doubt is one of those things. Doubt is often ignored because no one wants to look like they lack faith. But we need to make something clear—doubt is not disbelief. You are not a bad person if you doubt. There is nothing to be embarrassed about. Everyone has doubts. In fact, you can’t truly believe until you’ve doubted and addressed those doubts. 

Question

When you have doubts, it is important to address those doubts. Question what you have doubts about. When you ignore doubts, it only increases your doubt and the doubt will never go away. But if you question your doubts and start to answer your doubts it will lead to a stronger faith. We need to be like the man in Mark 9:24 who said “I believe, help my unbelief”. He was honest about his doubt. We need to be honest about our doubt as well. 

Seek Answers With An Open Heart

As you begin to question your doubts, you must seek answers with an open heart. Ask God to help you have an understanding heart. We need to be like Solomon in 1 Kings 3 when he asked God for an understanding heart. Solomon was asking for wisdom to lead the people. We need to ask for wisdom in dealing with doubt. Wisdom from God is better than any wisdom we can receive from man. As Paul wrote in Romans 10:17 “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” IF we seek answers with an open heart as he listen to the word of Christ—answers will come. 

Find Support From Others

God has given us each other to help each other grow and be strengthened. 1 Thess. 5:11 talks about building up and encouraging one another. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 talks about how a three fold cord is not quickly broken. We can find support from each other as we deal with doubt. More than likely others have experienced the same doubt.

A friend once said “we have to have the strength to explore the things we don’t know, all while holding on to the things we do know”. As we seek to explore our doubts and things we do not know, some things are only known by God. Deuteronomy 29:29 says that “the secret things belong to the LORD our God”. This only confirms that God is all knowing; after all, how could finite beings understand everything about an all knowing God? 

Address your doubt, seek answers with an open heart, find support from others, and watch your faith grow.

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