Having doubts are normal for every Christian. Even some of the greatest people mentioned in the Bible had doubts.
Maybe the most famous doubter of all was Thomas. Alias “Doubting Thomas”.
John 20:27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” (NRSV)
Why is it that we sometimes have doubts? Over the next few days I’m going to share three reasons.
The first reason why we sometimes doubt is because of CRITICS.
Critics are those people who challenge and ridicule our beliefs. It’s like the atheist who challenged the preacher. The Atheist asked: “Do you honestly believe that Jonah spent three days and three nights in the belly of a whale?” The Preacher said: “I don’t know, sir, but when I get to heaven, I’m gonna ask him about it.” The Atheist replied: “But what if Jonah isn’t in heaven? To which the Preacher said: Then YOU can ask him!”
Some people say, “I only accept what I can understand.” If that’s the case, you’re going to doubt a lot because there are a lot of things we just can’t understand. I don’t understand how Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, but I believe he did it. If God could be completely understood then He wouldn’t be God. The Bible says a lot about scoffers and critics. David had to deal with a lot of them.
Psalms 73:8-11 They scoff at God and threaten his people. How proudly they speak! 9 They boast against the very heavens, and their words strut through the earth. 10 And so God’s people are dismayed and confused… “Does God realize what is going on?” they ask. (LB)
Critics can’t stand to be around joyful Christians. They want us to be miserable just like them. So they’re always trying to criticize and cause us to doubt. But instead of listening to our critics, we need to listen to God and his word.
Psalm 119:39 Deflect the harsh words of my critics— but what you say is always so good. (MSG)