Doubt much lately? If you have, you’re in good company.
The late Dr. Billy Graham once said: “Doubts are a normal part of life. We doubt things on earth, so it’s easy to doubt things of God.”
There have been numerous times in my faith journey when I’ve experienced doubt. I don’t think I’m alone in this. Like most people, I want certainty. There are days when I wish the skies would part or a scroll would drop from heaven. I’d like the sun to stop for an hour. I want my own undeniable miracle, like a burning bush experience, or the Riders winning the Grey Cup in 2018. Give me something to show me that the object of my faith is real, beyond a shadow of doubt.
Thomas the disciple doubted. But he wasn’t the only one. One of the verses that helps me not lose perspective, in my doubt, is Matthew 28:16-17:
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.
This scenario fascinates me. Jesus had already risen from the dead. He appeared to his disciples, and just before ascending into heaven, he gathered them together to give them some final instructions. But even after all his incredible appearances – from materializing suddenly in locked rooms to eating a fish in a body still punctured with wounds – the disciples doubted.
Doubt is normal. No matter how smart, how talented, or how self-assured you are, you will experience doubt during your lifetime.
But Jesus welcomes doubters. When the disciples told Thomas about Christ’s resurrection, he was skeptical. He demanded tangible, physical evidence. A week later, Jesus showed up and gave him precisely what he needed. He didn’t rebuke Thomas for seeking evidence. Besides, didn’t the other disciples already see Jesus? Instead, he met Thomas in his doubt.
If you are wrestling with doubts today, know that Jesus welcomes doubters. He invites you to investigate, explore, reason, and wrestle. He will meet you where you are at, in your doubt, if you are willing.
My church family (Crosspoint) is striving to be a community where it’s safe to investigate and explore the Christian faith. We like to say it’s okay to ask questions, wonder, and doubt. We’ve got people at different places in their spiritual journeys. Some are investigating, others discovering, and still others pressing into the new life that Jesus offers.
Can I encourage you today? If you’re exploring faith, inspect the evidence. Kick the tires. Look under the hood. You might be surprised what you find.
But most of all, remember that Jesus welcomes doubters.
This is a rewind to one of my recent teaching messages at Crosspoint Church. You can hear the full message here.