“When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.” Psalm 94:19 (NLT)
The flight has been miserable. Long delays, an uncomfortable seat, and noisy children nearby have all made this one of the longest and worst flights in recent memory. But it just got worse. The pilot has announced that due to a problem down on the ground, the plane will now remain airborne and circle the runway while things get sorted out. The flight is over, you’ve traveled all this way, but you can’t land. The plane just moves around and around in what seems like an endless circle.
Finding ourselves in a doubtful state can be very similar to that airplane ride. Being doubtful means circling in and out of belief and disbelief, which often times is uncomfortable at best. But, just as the plane is not meant to circle indefinitely, we are not designed to doubt indefinitely. At some point we need to overcome our doubts and make a decision to believe or not believe.
In Matthew 11, John the Baptist showed us what the only sensible and proper response to doubt is: Humility. We should humble ourselves and admit that we have doubts and ask questions of the right people. Only then will we receive the answers that will help us to overcome our doubts. So, the next time you have doubt, immediately respond with humility. Pray. Ask God for guidance. Ask fellow Christians for help. Be humble and ask, ask, ask.
Remember, it’s not wrong to have doubts. But we can’t stay doubtful forever. One way or another the plane has to land.
“For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” Luke 11:10 (NLT)
“‘I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!’” Mark 9:24b (NLT)