On Doubt

This world has paths that Jesus calls us to walk that are tough. Just a few days ago, yet another baby passed from this world to heaven. The child is a relative of my wife. Life rarely gets much more difficult than the death of a child.

Questions are asked with answers which can never remove the pain. Whenever we suffer a loss, we immediately are assaulted by so many questions, regrets, confusion in our soul that may drive us to become angry at God. We can say that would never be us, but we don’t know until it happens.

God is big enough to take it. You can be angry at God. You can ask why. You can hurt. It’s okay. Remember, Habakkuk cried out in Habakkuk 1:2, “How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?”

Some of life’s pains can be seen, off in the distance, like an aging parent or loved one. Other pains t-bone us like someone running a red light and crashing into us. We are shaken down to our core. Nevertheless, we have a responsibility, no matter how severe our crisis or loss; we can’t give doubt even an angstrom of footing.

Even in the worst of our times, we will still have reassurance and peace available to us, if we’re willing to receive them from Jesus. Jesus knows something about pain, about rejections, about life’s intent to shame. He knows, and He will hold us when we can’t stand.

When life seems to have you on the ropes, read John, chapter 14. In my opinion, there is no greater encouragement in God’s Word than what Jesus says in this chapter. John 14:1, reads, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” It just gets more encouraging from there.

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