“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, As the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14
Our doubts are like storms in our lives, but God is with us, guiding us through the storm.
I love this visual prophecy from Habakkuk; the earth with be filled with the knowledge of the Lord just as the seas are filled with water. But sometimes our “knowledge of the glory of the Lord” is lacking; when things happen, we have doubts about our faith. Is God really there?
The Psalms are filled with cries from David when he wonders where God is, when he is facing enemies and troubles. Does God hear him? But even in these times of trouble and doubt, David trusts in His God to come to his assistance. Psalms 31 is just one example. David is “in trouble”, “spent with grief”, “like a dead man”, “like a broken vessel” and “fear is on every side”. Yet… “But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.”” Psalms 31:14
God accepts and forgives our doubts and even strengthens our faith. In Mark 9:14-27, there is the story of a parent who wants Jesus to heal his epileptic child when His disciples could not. Jesus tells him, “All things are possible to him who believes.” And the father immediately replies, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” The man’s son is healed. Even when we doubt, God feels our sorrow and restores us.
One night I woke up in a panic but can not tell you what I was dreaming or the thoughts that awoke me. I lay quietly and all seemed peaceful and as it should be, but I could not go back to sleep. I came into the den and started writing in my journal as the words flowed. (I have tried to put them in some kind of order!)
Midnight Musings – What If There is No God?
What do I lose?
Eternal life and heaven realized.
My Guide for living, for writing?
What do I have?
I still live this earthly life.
I feel and experience…
the beauty of the earth, seas, sky; natural world, creation
something “bigger than myself” that fills my emptiness,
forgiveness for my past,
the peace of salvation,
love for those around me,
the desire to serve and help,
the light and warmth of the Son,
the joy of sharing all this,
Yes, God is there! Yes, He is my God! My faith has its moments of doubt, but my faith isn’t just about believing that there is a God. My faith is based on my relationship with God, and the saving grace I gratefully accept though His Son, Jesus, and the companionship of the Holy Spirit. I may not be able to convince everyone with an eloquent debate, but the realness of my relationship is all the evidence I need! Thank You, God! I will continue to share my faith and joy and love with others.
This week let’s face our doubts. Let’s go to our God, and our Savior, and allow Them to help our “unbelief”.
I thank God for each of you! And I thank you for joining me this week as we tackle our doubts.