Struggling to Believe


Doubt that Deepens Faith

Key Bible Verse: You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13, NIV)

Dig Deeper: Jeremiah 29:4-19

Unbelief in action leads to disobedience.  This describes much of my story.  I did not philosophically or theologically doubt God.  But my life was one of unbelief because I was doing things my way instead of his.  I doubted [that obedience would] actually give me greater joy than sin.  It wasn’t until the fruit of all my unbelief became clear that I recognized its ruinous effect.  I saw the hurt it caused to those around me, but what moved me was the realization that I was what kept me from God, from joy, from steadfast love.  My unbelief was robbing me of what God offered, and it was collecting pain wrapped in temporal happiness.

Other Christians will fight daily battles with their intellects.  [In college,] I had several friends who were philosophy majors, and I saw them struggle simply to assent to certain realities of God.  Their minds presented them with one question after another.  I saw them wear down at times, feeling as if nothing could be known.  I saw others come to a connection with God that [got] them through the intellectual barrage.  Theirs was not a struggle of disobedience first, but rather one of coming to a place of belief.

– Barnabas Piper in Help My Unbelief

My Response: What are some of the benefits of living in faithful obedience?

Thought to Apply: Faith that springs from conflict is often the strongest and the best. – Billy Graham (evangelist)

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