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"I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert."
Isaiah 43:19


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November 9, 2017:    

Is it a sin to doubt?
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Luke 7:19 “And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?”

It isn’t easy to be the parent of a prodigal. And that may be the understatement of the year. Watching the people we love destroying their lives with drugs or alcohol or even with a series of wrong choices can be devastating. Even worse than that is the death of your child. Grieving is an insanity that sometimes makes our thoughts and actions incomprehensible…even to ourselves.

That kind of emotional pain, sense of loss, and disappointment can interfere with our eating and sleep, and it can steal our joy and cripple our spirituality. Even more, it can cause us to question whether God is still on the throne. Does He know or care that our hearts are breaking? Multiple disappointments and seeing our hopes and dreams for our kids crushed can lead to doubt and discouragement. And parents, even Christian parents, get discouraged after months and sometimes years of loving a prodigal or grieving the loss of one. Does that mean we are weak or sinning against God by being discouraged? Hardly.

Christians get discouraged. It’s just a fact of life. It might be a major crisis that causes us to be weary and discouraged, or it might be a series of small incidences. In either case, that kind of discouragement can be overwhelming. Notice I didn’t say you’re not spiritual if you’re discouraged. I’m afraid that we sometimes lie to ourselves and others, pretending that everything is peachy keen and dandy because we think we need to put on our “Christian” face and deny real feelings and emotions. Can I be honest here? I may look “ok” on the outside, but the grief of losing my son is sometimes a deep abyss that threatens to swallow me.

Matthew 11, we read about John the Baptist, who was in prison. He sent his disciples to ask Jesus if He was really the Christ, or “should we look for another?” This was the man who went before the Lord to proclaim His coming, who baptized Jesus and saw the Holy Spirit descend on Him, who said in John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” If anyone should have known the answer, it was John. This follower of Christ, who would soon die for his stand, was so discouraged he even doubted his faith.

Notice the gentle answer of the Savior. He didn’t rebuke John, and He won’t rebuke you and me for being weary and discouraged. And His answer is still the same: “Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.” If Jesus was that compassionate with John, would He be less so with us?
Isaiah 42:3 tells me I am “a bruised reed He will not break. Be assured that Jesus will gently minister to us if we will let Him…regardless of what our circumstances are and even if those circumstances have caused us to doubt.

Challenge for Today: What might happen if we, instead of beating ourselves up, just rested in God’s gentle promises and understood it’s “ok” if we’re sometimes not “ok?”


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