I spend most of my days studying and thinking and reading and teaching about God. And I have doubts.
Most people who have a faith that is more than an inch deep struggle with some form of doubt; although for some reason we like to keep them locked behind smiles & a smattering of those confident, positive verses found in Scripture.
- Does God really exist?
- If so, why is He so silent to my most desperate prayers?
- I know the theory behind His love for me, but do I really believe it deep down?
- Is He really using me in ministry or am I just kidding myself?
And so for a chronic doubter, I’ve been liberated through reading some of the thoughts of John Ortberg on this subject. His latest book, “Faith & Doubt” is a must for all of us who long to live with certainty in the midst of unanswerable & often painful questions.
I’m going to integrate some of his ideas into my mental framework over the next week. Please join me on the journey & add your own thoughts.
“Doubt can motivate us to study & learn. It can purify false beliefs that have crept into our faith. It can humble our arrogance. It can give us patience & compassion with other doubters. It can remind us of how much truth matters.” John Ortberg