It Takes One to Know One

It is usually rather alarming for someone to find that they are doubting the very things that they have held most dear. It is possibly more alarming for people whose loved ones are doubting their faith.

Many Christians react to someone, especially a close loved one, doubting their faith with derision. They want to throw hard and fast answers and get the wayward soul back to a comfortable place. Often we do not think that good Christians ever deal with doubts about their faith, after all – we certainly don’t, do we?

But to this hypothetical dictator of ideas I would ask a question: do you really never doubt your faith? Do you never doubt the God you say you trust implicitly?

Faith in God is essentially a matter of trust. Dale Fincher writes, “Faith has less to do with figuring out if something is true and more to do with trust as we enter relationships.” When we fail to trust God we are not so far from the person doubting whether or not God is who He is said to be.

By way of example, we might take the repeated command to fear not. The implication is that we ought to trust in God for all things. Do you ever fear? Do you ever worry about your finances? Do you ever worry about the fate of the doubter in your life?

Hebrews 11:6 says: “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” The typical doubter often doubts the first part: that God exists. But the one who believes in God and even claims to faithfully follow Him yet lives out his or her doubts about His goodness and reliability is in no place to judge the classic doubter. Jude 22 tells us: “Have mercy on those who doubt.” After all, don’t we want the same mercy from God when our actions say He may not be trustworthy?

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