Faith With Doubts

Thursday, May 17, 2018

“Abram believed the LORD, and He credited it to him as righteousness.” Genesis 15:6

Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough faith to believe God’s promises for your life? I sometimes find myself feeling guilty or full of shame for having doubts or questioning God. I think it’s easy to fall into the expectation that we as Christians are supposed to have it all together or can never question God. But when we look at Abraham – a man that God said was of great faith – we see where even he had his doubts. It brings me to believe that it’s ok to have questions in those moments of doubt but in the questioning, we should have an ear ready to believe what God says is true.

In Genesis, God had promised Abram and his wife, Sarah, that they would bear a child who would inherit Abram’s estate. Now Abram and Sarah were not quite in their prime years anymore, so having a child didn’t seem to be possible. Even so, the Bible says that Abram believed the Lord – because, why not believe God? After all, He is God. Shouldn’t His word be enough? But no more than two verses later, you see Abram questioning God;

How can I be sure you’ll come through on your word?

Talk about doubts! Abram is questioning God on His very word! Thankfully, we serve a God who knows our doubts and meets us in the midst. In verse 9 of that same chapter, God tells Abram, “Bring me a Heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon.” What is God talking about?! But if you keep reading, you see that Abram doesn’t skip a beat. He went and got every single one of those animals per His request. After looking at this scripture more carefully, I began to understand. In that day, covenants were something very commonly used between tribes or families. If one tribe needed protection, they would reach out to a neighboring tribe and make a blood covenant with each other to ensure that they would do as they said they would. These contracts were so binding that if you were to go back on your word, the punishment was death. God loved Abram so much that He used something that was so common and familiar to him – God put His existence on the line and entered into a covenant with man to prove His word was true.

This covenant between God and man was complete thousands of years later when God sent His son, Jesus, to die on the cross. Jesus fulfilled our part of the covenant because God knew we would fall short and ultimately face death. He loves us so much that He sent Jesus as the sacrifice in our place – He upheld His side of the covenant AND ours!

Understanding God’s covenant with man and seeing His grace on the cross enables us to have questions but also catapults us into faith. When we have ears ready to hear God’s words and a heart positioned to receive His truth, we are able to draw deeper into a relationship with God even in our doubts or questions. Don’t allow doubts to push you away from God, let them bring you into a sweet, intimate relationship with Jesus that will grow your faith deeper than you could ever imagine.


Author: Heather R.



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