At the Root


Doubt that Deepens Faith

Key Bible Verse: “But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.” (Jeremiah 17:10)

Dig Deeper: Jeremiah 17:5-10

In one way or another every Christian fights unbelieving doubt.  It is in our nature in this fallen world.  The question, though, is whether the defining characteristic of our lives is unbelieving doubt or God’s grace.

A Christian who is defined by unbelieving doubt, whether intellectual or marked by lifestyle, is in a precarious position.  The Bible, God’s holy Word, describes how a tree is known by its fruit.  If the fruit of our lives is that of questioning God at every turn with our mouths or our choices, what does that say of our roots?  Are they in God?  Are we tapped into this great source of grace and peace and belief?

I cannot answer [those questions] for you.  Christians, saved by grace, go through terrible times of rebellion, apathy, and other sorts of spiritual malaise.  Some people oversimplify this and gauge others’ salvation entirely by what can be seen in their actions of lifestyles.  That simply doesn’t work.  Some people look like saints and have hearts full of hell (what Jesus called “whitewashed tombs”).  Others live like hell but are fighting internal battles [that eventually lead them] back toward Jesus.  Only God [really knows] where [an individual] is on the belief-unbelief continuum.

– Barnabas Piper in Help My Unbelief

My Response: I will examine my heart with the questions from the second paragraph.

Thought to Apply: In the spiritual life, nothing stands still.  If we are not constantly growing downward into humility, we shall be steadily swelling up … under the influence of pride. – J. I. Packer (British theologian, writer)

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