Doubts

We all have doubts at times. Questions that seem difficult, or even impossible, to answer with any kind of satisfaction.

I have learned that the trick to doubts is simple, but not easy. I have learned that it is okay to have a doubt drift into your mind, and even settle in for awhile. I know that the God of all comfort has made a way for me out of my doubt and into deeper faith. He never allows temptation of any kind to last long without opening a door out into the open sunshine and free air again. Never.

So, I’ve learned to take every thought captive. To go to the foot of the Cross as many times as it takes for that way to be clear to me. Sometimes, my questions are answered. Most of the time, they’re not, but there is comfort in the sovereignty of God. Comfort in the arms of the One who made the universe.

There is none like him.

None.

Durin has struggled lately with doubts of his own. I expected this at eleven. This is the time when he will begin to question his roots. Struggle to know himself, the God of his parents, and whether or not this God ought to be his God, too. He is entering into the time when he will have to meet God for himself, and learn that faith is a hard, beaten, and sometimes lonely path.

He shared his struggle with me on Monday, and I encouraged him as best as I could. I shared that our God is the God who promises to be found when we seek him with all of our hearts. Then, my mother shared the following video on her Facebook page. How timely our Lord is!

I showed it to Durin, and he said it helped him a lot. Helped him to see that he is not the only who has ever doubted, nor will he be the last. He saw that there is a way out of doubt, and into faith deeper than the deepest places in the ocean, in the very hands of Jesus.

I hope it encourages you, too.

Grace & Peace,
Tiffany

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7 thoughts on “Doubts

  1. My son went through that phase too. And I went through it as well. I have two ideas. Number one, as you say, it is okay to doubt. God gave us a brain for a reason, and he wants us to use it. It is not unreasonable to believe in a Creator. Quite the contrary, as your son will discover. Especially as he learns about the intricacy and complexity of biology, chemistry, etc. God wants us to ask intelligent questions. He has all of the answers to help us have faith in Him without feeling stupid. Secondly, the Word of God is powerful and claims to speak for itself. The Word is God (John 1:1), and He is certainly capable of making his own defending arguments. So my suggestion is this: you’ve already told your son that it is okay to doubt. Now, get him reading the Word of God every day, and encourage him in the fact that, if God is truly the Author of His Word, it will be obvious to him. His doubts will melt away in the bright warmth of the truth. It has certainly helped my son, and it helped me as well, in my time of doubt. I had my son start in the book of John, and read through Acts and the Epistles. He is almost finished. Not sure where we’ll go next, as he is still too young for some of the issues addressed in the Old Testament. And as an added benefit, his reading skills have greatly improved as well!

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