Navigating Faith and Doubt

May 7, 2024

In our walk of faith, it’s natural to encounter moments of doubt. Doubt can arise from various sources and it can often leave us feeling unsettled and uncertain. However, as followers of Christ, we’re called to navigate these doubts with faith and courage, trusting in the promises of God’s word even in the midst of uncertainty. Here are some points to think about when you face doubt in your faith. 

Fighting the Tension:

Scripture reminds us that faith and doubt can coexist in the human heart. In the Gospel of Mark, a father brings his demon-possessed son to Jesus, pleading, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24). This heartfelt cry captures the tension that many of us feel – a sincere desire to believe, coupled with uncertainty. This tension isn’t something to be feared but rather embraced as a natural part of our spiritual journey.

Growing Despite Doubt:

Going through doubt may initially shake our faith, but it can lead to spiritual growth and maturity. St. Paul, in his Second Letter to the Corinthians, acknowledges the challenges they face, but he affirms that God’s power is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor 12:9). This truth reveals that our moments of weakness can serve as fertile ground for God’s work in our lives. 

Additionally, doubt can serve as a catalyst for deeper engagement with scripture and theology. It prompts us to explore the rich Tradition of our faith and to seek out wise counsel from fellow believers. When we immerse ourselves in the study of God’s word and the teachings of the Church, we gain a more nuanced understanding of our faith and a firm foundation for our beliefs. 

Trusting God’s Word in Uncertain Times 

In moments of uncertainty, we can find assurance and strength in the promises of God’s word. Psalms 119 says, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” This reminds us that even when the road ahead seems dark and unclear, God’s word serves as a guiding light, illuminating our way and providing us with the wisdom and direction we need. 

In times of doubt, we are called to meditate on scripture, allowing its truth to penetrate our hearts and minds. Hebrews 4:12 reminds us that “The word of God is alive and active, Sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating to divide soul and spirit, joints and marrow, judging the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” When we immerse ourselves in God’s word, we are transformed from the inside out, causing our faith to be strengthened and our doubts overcome.

As finite beings, we are called to embrace the mystery of God’s ways, even when they surpass our understanding. Isaiah reminds us, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord” (Isaiah 55:8). While we will never fully comprehend the depths of God’s wisdom, we can trust in His goodness and sovereignty, even in the midst of doubt. If you’re in the process of navigating between faith and doubt or know somebody who is, check out our book Rebuilt Faith which is written to help you in your doubt.

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