Doubt is uncertainty in the context of trust (where it takes the form of distrust), action, decision or belief.
Some Good Things Doubts May Do for Your Faith.
♥ Doubts may test the perseverance of faith. If we had no doubt, then stepping out in faith would probably be less valuable to us, and to God. Faith is believing despite doubts.
♥ Doubts may strengthen faith. If faith in God never struggles with doubts, how can faith grow stronger?
♥ Doubts may raise the level of our faith above mere feelings.Faith that is based merely on emotional feelings is a fair weather friend. Feelings go sour when life turns sour. Thus, Jesus commands us to love God with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength (Mk 12.30). Surely, you can’t deny everything you learned from Scriptures.
Where do Doubts Come from?
■ Worldly wisdom. Through the constant advocacy of “right by popularity” culture (“a million people can’t be wrong” mentality) via trimedia in the guise of freedom of expression.
■ Satan. He always raises doubts about the honesty and goodness of God.
■The flesh. Perhaps the greatest source of Christian doubt is the weakness of our own flesh. As the saying goes, “Too much analysis leads to paralysis.” “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Mt 26.41b). As with Peter, we too often take our eyes off the Lord, to gawk in alarm at the raging storms around us. When we do, we sink into the sea of our own doubts.
What to Do In Case of Doubt?
♥ Do not act. Clarify your doubts before making any decisions.
♥ Study Christian evidence. The cure for doubt is a strong dose of faith. Christianity is not based on “a blind leap of faith,” but upon specific evidences of the truth. Evidences such as the empty tomb, the eye-witness testimony of over 500 witnesses to the resurrected Jesus Christ, etc.
♥ Talk to God: Pray. In Lk 22.31-32, notice that Jesus did not say He had prayed that Simon Peter would be exempt from Satan’s attack. No, Jesus prayed that Simon’s faith would not fail during that attack. Ask God to eliminate your problems, that’s okay. But also ask Him to sustain your faith if He so decides you must go through those problems.