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DISCIPLES’ DOUBT

Taylor Gerlach & Tynea Lewis

Being human means having questions and doubts. Think about the disciples. How many times did they ask Jesus questions because they didn’t understand? I especially notice their questions in the hours before Jesus was killed. Their confusion and doubt show up again after Jesus’ resurrection.

We are like the disciples. God has been pointing our lives in a certain direction, and we don’t understand. Something terrible happens, and we doubt God’s power and love. In these moments, I remember Noah. I’m sure he questioned and even doubted God’s promise to his family, but he didn’t let doubt cloud his thoughts or get in the way of God’s plan.

“For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.”
Habakkuk 1:5b (NIV)

When you find yourself questioning God, accept it as normal; but don’t let your doubt block God’s work. As my pastor says, “The opposite of faith is not doubt; it’s certainty.” Faith and doubt can and usually do coexist.

—Taylor Gerlach, 17

 

REFLECT: I always thought that questioning aspects of my faith meant that I was weak. But I’m discovering that having questions means I’m growing, thinking more deeply about what I believe, and searching more intently for answers. Because of my questioning, I draw closer to God. I am beginning to see my questions as a sign of strength.

—Tynea Lewis

—from devozine (March/April 2016). Copyright © 2016 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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