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Monday Motivator - Faith and doubt
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Monday Motivator - Faith and doubt

October 14th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Weekly submissions from Chi Alpha’s Mike O.

I had a conversation with a student recently who asked about the price of becoming a follower of Jesus. She said to me, “Isn’t it like getting into a nice, comfortable bed with an electric blanket on a cold day – no trouble, discomfort, or stress?” I replied that some people have expected the Christian life to go as smoothly and easily as she described, only to be shocked back to reality. Jesus clearly described what it meant to follow him in Matthew 5-7, Websoft and I suggested she read those chapters as she decided whether or not to become a disciple of his.

The Scriptures indicate that following God is a journey to becoming like Christ in our character and lifestyle. It is full of sacrifice, transformation, and perseverance. Sometimes we begin to feel that God is picking on us. We even struggle with our faith at times.

Think about the “why” questions many of us wrestle with. Why was I born into that family? Why do I have to deal with these temptations? Why do I feel the way I do? Why do I experience so much spiritual doubt? Why does my spiritual experience seem so dry compared to others? Why doesn’t God do more for me?

Flannery O’Conner, a follower of Jesus and American writer, had some insight on this topic. She wrote, “I think there is no suffering greater than what is caused by the doubts of those who want to believe. I know the torment of this myself. But I can only see it, in myself anyway, as the process by which faith is deepened. What people do not realize is how much religion costs. They think it is a big electric blanket, when of course it is the cross.”

More than one Christian has gone through seasons of doubt, despair, depression, and discouragement. Many do not realize that the act of crying out for help in such circumstances is a demonstration that their faith is very much present and alive in them.

In a letter to a college student who communicated doubts about the Christian faith, O’Conner wrote, “Even in the life of a Christian, faith rises and falls like the tides of an invisible sea. It’s there even when he can’t see it or feel it.”

Read Mark 9:17-26. Our suffering, doubt, and misery are evidence of our faith. When we cry out with the anxious father in Mark 9:24, “I do believe; help me with my unbelief,” we are expressing our faith. In ways that we will understand, God will give us the assurance we need of safety, provision, growth, and victory.

Grow devotionally in order to better know who God is and how he works in our lives. Join us in reading through the New Testament this semester as one step in that direction. Our Bible reading plan is posted at web.mit.edu/xa/www/ But remember, knowing and following THE WAY (John 14:6) does not guarantee it will be the easiest way.

Love is a verb,
Mike O

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Anna L. Davis // Oct 15, 2008 at 10:20 am

    I became a Christian at the age of 15 while attending a private Christian high school. After going to a state university, I was “shocked back to reality” not only by difficult circumstances beyond my control, but also by my human emotional response to those circumstances, and indeed, by my own capacity for sin. No longer sheltered from personal doubt and fear, I discovered another reality — grace through Jesus. Despite my doubt and sin, He continues to engage and love me.

  • 2 El7lwa.com // Nov 22, 2020 at 12:14 am

    جميل وسكر ومسكر ممكن تشوف بقي مجلة الحلوة

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