So often as Christians we think we have to know all the answers, have it all together, be ready to give a defense to anything and everyone that comes our way. But sometimes this can be a bit daunting. Especially when we feel like we don’t know all the answers, we don’t have it all together and we would be terrified if we actually had to give voice and defend our beliefs. But don’t fret. You are not alone. In fact, for years, great theologians and thinkers have struggled with the issue of doubt and faith and how to reconcile the two. I think Douglas John Hall defined it best when he said that “faith is a dialogue with doubt.” So often we think that we are not allowed to have questions or doubts in our faith journey when in actuality this is just part of the journey.
Take for instance the man who came to Jesus in Mark 9 longing for his demon-possessed son to be healed. Jesus responded to the man that anything is possible if you believe. The man’s response, “I do believe, help my unbelief.” We have to come to realize that our faith is a dialogue with our lack of faith. Sometimes we have to search for the words and expressions that give meaning to our faith and our doubts. We know that we do believe in Christ, we just want Him to help us with our unbelief along the way. So maybe the next time you feel as if you don’t have the answers, you don’t have it all together, and you are worried that you can’t give voice to your faith…confess your belief and ask God to help you with your unbelief.
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Andrew – Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I know I am one of many who look forward to reading your posts in the days ahead! God Bless!