Doubt is a comma

Matthew 7:7
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (NIV)

Today’s Thought
Have you ever talked to someone about a doubt you were struggling with but the response you got back was, “You just have to have more faith”?

I have. You probably have too.

But more often than not, that kind of response hinders more than helps.

In the Bible, people often express doubt about different things. Sometimes its frowned upon; but other times it’s okay.

So what’s the difference?

In his book, Hidden Christmas, author Tim Keller explains: “Some doubt seeks answers, and some doubt is a defense against the possibility of answers.”

In other words, doubt that is humble and seeking is good; but doubt that is proud and closed is not.

Maybe you have doubts. Doubts about Jesus. Doubts about whether God can give you the strength (or humility) to cope with what’s happening in your life. Doubts about whether God can use you at work. Doubts about the church. Doubts about the Bible. Doubts about God’s plan for your life…

In the midst of it all, remember this:

Doubt is a comma, not a period.

Maybe you were raised to suppress all doubt because all doubt is bad. But it’s really about the kind of doubt you have. “Some doubt seeks answers, and some doubt is a defense against the possibility of answers.”

He who seeks, finds. What you thought was a dead end, is usually just a detour.

So as you think it all through, be humble and seek a God-honouring answer.

Doubt is a comma, not a period.

By Matthew Ruttan

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