Hi, David here.
This week Rob reflected on faith. Romans 5:1-5 says:
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
I don’t know about you but I struggle a lot with faith and doubt. In fact having just reviewed my own blog for my most used tags, number one is faith, closely followed by number two, doubt. I write about doubt a lot.
This is really of little surprise to me, but it did confirm that my doubts still really bug me. Doubts about me, doubts about whether anyone might actually read or understand this, doubts about my future, and of course doubts about God. Not really about God existing, but more about ‘Why does God let bad stuff happen to good people’ and all those old chestnuts.
I’m not sure I’m much further ahead on the faith journey and I think I may just have even more doubts now than before. As I get older I’m less certain about a lot of things and have a lot more questions. Doubts inform my questions, and my questions help me to seek answers, and my answers define my faith. It’s an interesting connection and in some way I guess my doubts make my faith stronger, just as what doesn’t kill me also makes me stronger.
In Ephesians 6 there is that wonderful image about the amour of God. In the amour of God, faith is the shield, like the Romans used. A shield with which we can extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one (Ephesians 6:16). I like that image , it works for me. It does require action. It requires us to ‘take up the shield’ and summon up the courage to defend ourselves.
Here’s some questions for you to think about:
1. How does the faith and doubt idea play our in your life?
2. What has been your journey about how faith has turned into hope?
3. How has doubt strengthened your faith?
4. What is the one thing you will always have faith in and why?
May you experience the dance of faith and doubt and realise that the interplay is all about belief and hope and not doubt.