Three ways to deal with doubt
His Christian songs were so successful they made it into the world’s most-sung songbook. But his Psalms were often about doubt.
‘I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me… I sought the Lord…and I would not be comforted.’ Psalm 77:1-2
He sought God. But God felt distant.
Sometimes we know the feeling. What if we’re wrong? What if everything we’ve built our lives on isn’t true?
Here are three ways to deal with doubt.
#1 Receive it gratefully
Often I’d love to have a God who I can perfectly understand. But God is, by definition, not like us (Isaiah 55:8).
Sometimes we’ll read something in the Bible, or be confronted with a situation that challenges our view of who God is.
Don’t panic. Receive it gratefully as an opportunity to have your view of God expanded.
God isn’t like us. And that’s a good thing.
#2 Remember what you do believe
Often our doubts stem from one particular issue. But don’t forget the way your faith makes sense of everything else in life.
If you doubt the truth of God’s word, challenge your doubt with your faith in Jesus’ resurrection. If you can’t get your head around suffering, remember that a godless world would be more confusing.
This is what Asaph does:
‘I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.’ Psalm 77:11
#3 Tell someone
Satan loves to bring doubts to individuals. He plants doubts in our minds and they eat away at us (1 Peter 5:8).
But this is why the church is so important. God has placed other Christians around you as his way of leading you into truth (Romans 15:14).
So tell someone. Maybe read something on your area of doubt and chat it through with them.
Just don’t go it alone.