We tend to go through seasons of growth. Just like life brings waves of hard times and good times, it’s natural for our doubts and faith to ebb and flow. The goal is that over time, as we grow stronger and more secure in the things of the Lord, that the doubting seasons are fewer and farther between (and shorter in duration!). I’ve been there before—wrestled through a season of questions and uncertainty and come victorious out the other side, only to struggle with a new doubt months later. We never fully arrive this side of heaven—and that’s okay. Take the pressures off yourself to have everything figured out. There are some answers that we just aren’t going to receive this side of eternity.
The flip side of that coin is that some questions do have answers—we’re just not looking in the right place (the Bible!) or we’re simply not taking the time to find those answers. God doesn’t require us to have blind faith in our theology. We’re supposed to know what we believe and be confident in it, so that we might “always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks for a reason for the hope that is in us” (1 Peter 3:15). If you have questions and aren’t seeking the answers, that is more than likely the first step to overcoming.
5. Your doubt isn’t wasted.
Another comforting fact about doubting is that we can believe it’s for our good and has a purpose. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
Thankfully, this verse doesn’t say “all things except doubting.” This means we can trust that even our questions and fears and doubts have their place in our ultimate sanctification. We’re being made more like Christ while on this earth. And furthermore, we know from Isaiah that God’s Word never returns void. Nothing is wasted—not even your seasons of questions—if you stay grounded in the Word and open your heart for it to renew you.
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11 ESV)
These things aren’t easy things to discuss—they’re hard and messy and sometimes convoluted. But it’s well past time that we normalize this relatable aspect of the Christian life and come together in community to encourage and build each other up in the Lord (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
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