What to Do with Your Doubts
by Bayless Conley
Being a Christian doesn’t mean you won’t have doubts. In fact, some of the greatest heroes of the Christian faith had doubts and crises of faith, one of which we find recorded in Luke chapter 7.
In this chapter, we find John the Baptist in an intense season of doubt and fear. He was in prison after being arrested by King Herod, and in his struggle of faith he asked of Jesus, "Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?"
That’s right… the same John who had been there on the Jordan River when the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus in the form of a dove… the same John who heard the voice of God say, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased"… the same John who had publicly testified that Jesus was the Son of God, saying, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"… doubted that Jesus was whom He said He was.
John… the great sage, prophet, and spiritual leader… struggled with doubt!
Yet through his struggle we learn two lessons that can encourage us when we find ourselves in a season of doubt.
The first lesson is to go to the right place with our doubts and fears—which is straight to the Lord.
What I love about John is that he didn’t let pride keep him from going to the Lord about his doubts and fears. He could have thought, "Hey, I told everybody He’s the One! What will my disciples think if I let them know I’m doubting? I’m going to look really stupid if it looks like I doubt the very things I’ve preached and proclaimed myself."
Yet John went straight to the Lord… and so must we…
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