Ashes to Fire – Week 8.
It is in the living of life that truth finally gets firmly pressed into a person’s character by the hammer and anvil of faith and doubt.
In many ways, doubt is an important part of faith. It is often a signpost, marking the pathway to faith. It is natural for believers to resist the presence and pull of doubt, an yet faith need not be blind faith – for there is such a thing as honest doubt. There are moments when we feel like questioning God. How can this be? What does this mean? Why me? The Bible is filled with such questions, many of them directed toward God. Jesus at the point of his own death cried out, “My God, My God, whey have you forsaken me?” Questions can be helpful, for they have a way of giving voice to our doubts and once we acknowledge such things we can deal with them.
This Sunday we will look at what the Bible has to say about this in John 20 and the story of doubting Thomas.
There are many moments in the journey of life when we may find ourselves at the intersection of faith and doubt. Some have noted that doubt can be seen as a necessary element of genuine faith. Can you have light without shadow. Perhaps having room for doubt is what makes trusting possible.
Don’t miss this Sunday, May 1 as we look at what God did for Thomas…He provided for reconciliation through Jesus, not forcing us to believe – inviting us and loving us into belief.
“Faith…is the evidence of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1 KJV