ThursdayMarch 30, 2017

Daily Devotional

Neutral Ground

By: Pastor Ed Young

Posted: March 30, 2017

From Series: A Bout with Doubt

In Topics: All, Doubt, Faith, Perseverance, Trust, Uncertainty

Read

Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see”.
Romans 5:3-4, “Not only that, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit…”

Think

Have you ever prayed for something repeatedly, yet it never seems to happen? Feeling as if God simply won’t provide the answer leads us to doubt. We think, “Am I praying wrong?” “Am I being punished?” “Maybe I’m not ‘spiritual’ enough!” Then our doubt begins to shift towards God. We start blaming Him when we can’t find the answer to the unfortunate or unfair predicaments in our lives. Not identifying the root cause of our doubt can be detrimental in every way. We dance with disappointment, bind ourselves to bitterness, and parade around in pity. But we have a choice; we can allow doubt to defeat our faith or to defend it. As Christ followers, we’ve all had bouts with doubt, because faith is believing in what we cannot see. So, believe it or not—pun intended—the interesting thing about doubt is that it’s not always a bad thing. In fact, sometimes it works to our advantage.

Many people think that doubt is the opposite of faith, but it’s not! Unbelief is the opposite of faith. Doubt is neutral, positioned directly in the middle of these two polar opposites. As if on icy ground, our skepticism or uncertainty causes us to slide back and forth landing closer to one or the other. For example, C.S. Lewis greatly struggled with over-intellectualizing his faith setting him on a path to atheism. Eventually, though, his quest for truth led him back to God, and he became the most prolific Christian mind of the twentieth century. So let’s doubt our doubts and seek God’s truth. Remember, He is the one and only living God, Who is and was, and is still to come. Therefore, when we walk by faith, trusting in what we cannot see, we will soar to new heights of understanding both here and in the hereafter.

Pray

Father God, thank You for Your grace and compassion. I know that Your promises are faithful and true. Help me to persevere through doubt and to reach new levels of understanding. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Act

Read the Bible’s “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews chapter 11 as a reminder of God’s faithfulness and how He loves to use ordinary people to accomplish the extraordinary.