Dear doubting Christian,
A (very) wise woman of God once told me, “Doubt God-ward,” and here’s why I couldn’t agree or resonate with that more. What we both mean by that is to fight. Fight to keep going TO God in prayer with painful honesty about every doubt you have. And boy is it a fight, but the absolute worst thing you can do with doubt is to cut yourself off from God in your anger and bitterness, though it certainly is the easiest thing and the thing you’re probably longing to do. Don’t stop your spiritual disciplines–reading the Word, worshiping, praying, etc.. I have never regretted reverently baring my soul to the Lord, but I sure have regretted turning away from Him, even though I felt self-righteously justified in doing so at the time. You probably feel like your soul is living in limbo and like your trust in the Lord is being stripped away, but I’m telling you, “you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” God is not afraid of your blackest doubts. He’s not phased by it. Your questions do not change His unalterable character. And if you are in Christ, You will find in the end that your deepest fears about Him not being real, or being cruel, or in any way not being Who He said He was were so unfounded. You will one day confess with perfect, unhesitating certainty that He is Good and trustworthy and Love (Mark 10:18). And please, if you know someone who is battling doubts, pray hard for and be extra kind and tender toward them, because it’s scalding and scary when your whole worldview is under fire. There sure is a reason Scripture says “be MERCIFUL to those who doubt” (Jude 22-24). I distinctly remember the gentleness and compassion I was shown by my aunt and by a pastor during a dark, doubt-filled night of the soul and out of all of the responses I got those two brought me to tears and just meant the world to me. Also, do some research into the questions that are eating at them as well as the bigger picture questions like the evidence for the Bible so you can connect them to the right resources. It is probably frightening for you too to see a loved one be so rocked by skepticism, but take care to remember that they have a Good Shepherd and Guardian of their soul (1 Peter 2:25) who is power-fully able to bring the strays safely back into the fold, back into His arms. He did it for me, and I have full faith that He can do the same for you. Beyond a shadow of a doubt. ❤ (And I didn’t just say that to wrap this post up in a nice, neat little bow, I said that because He has taken me from being a constant “doubting Thomas” (John 20:24-29) who was so wise in her own eyes (Prov 3:7) to being intellectually satisfied and utterly convinced that Scripture is God-breathed and of the supremacy and phenomenal LOVE of Christ, who is God.) Take a few minutes to read the Scriptures below, it’ll nourish your soul and make this post make a lot more sense.
“And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.” Mark 10:18
“I am the good shepherd.” John 10:11
“For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.” 1 Peter 2:25
“24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe. 26 After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus *came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then He *said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 28 Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus *said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed. 30 Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is [h]the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.” John 20
“7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
8 It will be healing to your [a]body
And refreshment to your bones.” Proverbs 3:7-8
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” 2 Timothy 3:16
“He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.” Colossians 1:18, regarding Christ’s supremacy
“But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom.” Hebrews 1:8, regarding Jesus’ Divinity