There are those who would have us believe that true faith can only exist in the absence of doubt. But this biblical definition of faith makes it clear that doubt, or at the very least serious questioning, is natural. Faith is based on what we hope for, not what we hold in our hand. It gives shape to what we cannot yet see, not what we observe as a concrete reality. Faith is only required if there is room for doubt.
Questions for further thought:
1. What teachings have you received about the relationship of doubt and faith during your walk the Lord?
2. Are you comfortable with the idea that doubt is necessary in order to have faith? Why or why not?
Challenge: Theologian F.B. Meyer says, “Unbelief puts our circumstances between us and God. Faith puts God between us and our circumstances.” As you doubt in the circumstance in which you find yourself, invite God into the situation. Embrace His presence in the middle!
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