Doubt is the intimate partner to faith. You cannot have a deep thinking faith without having wrestled with doubt. Doubt inspires investigation and examination, and the faith that has never been closely examined, questioned, and investigated is not a faith based on reality. God does not fear our doubts or our questions. He wants His people to be thinkers. He wants us to care enough about Him to look closely at who He is and what He claims. Anything less than that is blind faith. Despite what many may tell you, God does not expect blind faith from us. He makes Himself known to us through His Word and He expects us to be knowledgeable about what He says and what we are to believe. Don’t be an unthinking Christian. It is time we began using the questioning mind that God created us with. He made us curious beings because He wanted us to search Him out. Believe me, a close examination of your faith will not result in disappointment. It will strengthen and solidify your faith for you will find that God’s Word can stand up to the most minute scrutiny.
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Faith is like radar that sees through the fog. ~Corrie Ten Boom
If you must, wrestle with God until you reach the point of clinging. Wrestle with Him until you’ve worn out every human effort and argument, and all you have left is to cling to the God that loves you. This is submission.
This short devotional was in my inbox this morning and I thought the subject very fitting and worthy of sharing.
The following is from Love Worth Finding Ministries.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18
Helen Keller was born blind, but she had vision. A reporter asked Miss Keller, “Is there anything worse than being born blind?”
“Yes,” she said, “It is to have sight and no vision.”
Do you have a vision for your life at the threshold of a new year? On New Year’s Day, I review the goals for my life. These are spiritual, relational, intellectual, physical, and financial goals. I pray over these and ask for God’s will to be done in each one. I hold them in an open hand and ask that God would give me wisdom as to the direction He wants for my life. I don’t want to be a man without vision. I don’t you to be one, either.
Begin to think about some goals you would like for your life. Pray and seek the Lord’s face as you ponder the future.
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” ~ Charles Wesley
What excuse are we waiting for to be better people, better Christians?