Dealing With Doubt!
Have you ever doubted God? At some point, we probably all have or will. The Apostle Thomas was dealing with doubt after the Resurrection when Jesus said these words to him in this passage. Doubt can often come creeping in when our expectations are not met. Usually, when we believe God will act a certain way and He doesn't. That is often when we begin to question His love and wonder whether He has our best interest at heart. So, how should we deal with doubt? These are some sound principles for dealing with doubt when it occurs. First: discern the actual cause of your doubt. Is your doubt being caused because God isn't behaving like you think He should? It's a huge mistake to think of God as a genie who responds to our every beck and call. Our loving God is not like that; He says, "my ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts are higher than your thoughts" (Isa. 55:9).
Secondly: share your doubts with other mature Christians. When we are separated from others and feel alone, our doubts become more ominous. That's why it's so important to be engaged at church and not just be a spectator. We must be around other worshipers who can help us and encourage us when we stumble or falter in your faith. That is the value of being a part of a body of believers. We must never forget "iron sharpens iron" as Proverbs 27:17 tells us. Finally, always view your doubts as an opportunity to grow spiritually. James 1:3 says that "the testing of your faith produces endurance." If you respond to doubt the right way, it can strengthen your faith. Remember that our doubts never diminish God's love for us. Friends, even when doubt creeps in, or when your faith flounders and you struggle to believe, God still believes in you! "If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself" (2Tim. 2:13). Remember these promises when dealing with doubt!