Not too long ago I sat across from someone strong in faith, and I listened as they expressed some feelings of doubt. We prayed.
Do you ever doubt? Ever have legitimate questions about where God is in a difficult and uncertain situation? Ever been deep in the muck and mire and wondered if and how God would make it right?
You are in good company.
One of the most well known doubters was actually one of Jesus’ disciples, Thomas. When we think of Thomas, we often think of his doubting moment- wondering aloud if Christ was truly resurrected. Often times, that moment is shared as a “what not to do”. Said a different way, we think of faith and doubt as two distinct options, and you are either “in” one or the other, you are either faithful or doubting.
I believe there is a better way of thinking about this.
What if instead of one or the other, you can have both at the same time. Author James K. A. Smith puts it this way: “We don’t believe instead of doubting; we believe while doubting.” That is, sometimes the walk of faith will lead to moments of questioning, wonder, even doubt.
And it’s in those moments of weakness that Jesus shows up and does His best work.
So if you’ve had moments of doubt lately, like my strong-in-faith friend, know that you are in good company. Bring those feelings to the Lord, and be open to Him forgiving you, meeting you, and making Himself known to you.
He’ll show up, just like He did for Thomas.