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Let’s connect the dots.
Yesterday you answered these questions:
What are my biggest doubts about God? Where do I think these doubts come from? What experiences helped to form them?
If you want a little more to chew on, how do these two verses relate to the answers you wrote?
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32
Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Romans 6:16
Here’s the thing: doubts are based on past experience. We take our past experience (or parts of it) and project it into a future experience. Doubt kind of sets us up to fail. Think about it:
Instead of facing the future when an open mind, our mind tends to be more closed off; thinking that what happened before will happen again.
Instead of facing the future with creativity, hope, and a problem-solving spirit, we face the future with a defeatist, prove-it, I’ll-believe-it-when-I-see-it attitude.
Instead of facing the future with a sense of personal empowerment to make things different or better, we face the future with an attitude that it’s someone else’s responsibility to fix things because we’ve already tried and it doesn’t matter.
However, James 1:5-8 says:
5If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
While there are some beautiful and good things about waves, in this example they are a physical object lesson of doubt. Waves let the wind call the shots. Waves are NOT solid. They are back and forth and uncommitted.
Doubt lets the past, our fears, our cynicism, our laziness, outside circumstances, anything, and everything else call the shots. Doubt is not solid. Doubt is back and forth and uncommitted. Not a great life strategy for peace and relationship.
Look at James again. What does it tell us to ask for?
Wisdom would say that what matters most is not just THAT we believe but WHAT we believe. We all believe things. It’s WHAT we believe that matters. Doubt is a sign that we are believing the wrong thing.
Let me repeat that.
Doubt can be a gift. Doubt is a warning… a sign that we might be believing the WRONG THING.
So we are going to do this today…we are going to be, what I call, “naked honest” about this fear. Naked honest is just a way of saying completely exposed. Not kind of honest. Not mostly honest. Not culturally acceptable honest. Not just-give-the-right-answer honest.
Being naked honest is the first step in healing. In order to see where something really is, sometimes we have to start by seeing where it isn’t. We have to expose the sources of the doubt and what we really believe before it can be healed.
And honest is good. Honest is beautiful. Want to know why?
Come back tomorrow.
But first do this:
Knowing what I know from answers to yesterday’s questions, what does my doubt say that I actually believe? About God? About people? About me?
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