Elephant in the Room: Doubt

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So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.  – 1 Peter 1:7 ESV

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.  – James 1:2-4 ESV

Something else we don’t often talk about is our faith when it is tested. It is easy to deal in hypotheticals. But when the rubber meets the road, what do I really believe? When we experience doubt, we often would rather not talk about it.

What do we really believe about God when our faith is put to the test in the following areas? Extended sickness? Extended perceived failure? Extended job loss? The loss of friendships? The death of loved ones?

It is one thing to talk about trials; it is another to live in them. When they happen, we may have doubts about God.

My daughter has been sick over a year. I cry to God, “Lord, what are You doing? Why are You allowing this? Heal her, please!” When the illness continues, I have to ask myself, what is my faith worth? Is it really more precious than gold? Can it stand the test of fire? Do I really believe that You, Lord, work all things together for good, and that You still love me? I have doubts, but keeping them to myself is to ignore the elephant.

Your trial may seem like a gun to your head—it may be someone else’s final decision you have not control over, a disaster, or a death. Some trials go on and on. What do we do? Do we begin to doubt God? No—we pray, we open up to others, we receive comfort, and we let ourselves be held by Him whom we believe.

Submitted by:
Greg Standinger
Glen Arbor Community Church
West Chicago, Illinois

One-Year Bible Reading
Ezra 10:1-44
1 Corinthians 6:1-20
Psalm 31:9-18
Proverbs 21:3

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