Non-Sinful Doubt

by Bethany

Today’s Readings: Ezekiel 26, Psalm 74

Problem

The more I read the Bible, the less I understand the world.  For example, Paul wrote, “ … in all things God works for the good of those who love him and who have been called according to his purpose” [1].  Yet, what about my twenty-eight-year-old friend who has lupus and who recently discovered that she would not be able to have children?  Is her body not “all things”?  Is health not “good”?  Does she not “love” God?

As Asaph looked upon Jerusalem in ruins, he had similar questions.  He knew God’s character and covenant.  He knew that God had bound Himself to His people, given them land, and dwelt among them.  Yet, Asaph saw God as distant when Jerusalem fell [2].

O God, why have you rejected us forever?  Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture? … We are given no signs from God; no prophets are left, and none of us knows how long this will be … Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand? [3].

It is not sinful to ask these questions.  This kind of doubt is rooted in a belief that trusts God’s Word and then looks at life and asks, “If I believe that God did that, then why is He not doing this?”  This is an honest question that comes from not being able to make sense of a situation in light of the Word.  This type of doubt is a symptom of belief in – not rejection of – God.

Solution

Yet, as I shift my attention to the Lord, I see that God can be trusted with my life – even if I do not understand Him.

But God is my King from long ago; he brings salvation on the earth.  It was you who split open the sea by your power … It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth … [4].

And then I remind Him of His promises:

Have regard for your covenant … Rise up, O God, and defend your cause … [5].

Prayer

Lord, Although your ways are not mine, you allow me to question you about my life in light of the promises that you have made.  Yet, I confess that I have sinfully doubted you in unbelief at times.  Help me to understand your ways and, even when I cannot, to trust you.  Amen.

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[1] Romans 8:28 TNIV  |  [2] see Jeremiah  |  [3] Psalm 74:1, 9-11 NIV  |  [4] Psalm 74:12-14 TNIV  |  [5]  Psalm 74:20, 22 TNIV].

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One Comment to “Non-Sinful Doubt”

  1. Two thumbs up on this one today. Keep droppin’ that wisdom, mama.

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