I had a friend ask how to break through doubt. It’s a huge struggle. It always is. Doubt strikes all of us. No one is immune. Some of the greatest and most faithful people have dealt with long stretches in a spiritual desert of doubt.
Doubt comes in the most surprising ways. It can seem like a firework display gone wrong, sudden darkness in the day, silence in the middle of a conversation, farmland becoming a wasteland, emptiness when there’s plenty to bring fullness. It strikes the strongest of hearts, changing the fiercest to the most fearful in a moment. It leaves the most passionate feeling like nothing really matters in the end.
If, you and I keep waiting for something big to happen in times of doubt, something that will wake us up, something that will bring the fire back, something that will change us from lukewarm to hot, it’s happened—it’s what’s within–the presence and power of Christ. So. I’ve learned there’s one thing to do when doubt comes. Run.
Get your running shoes on and run to God. Run hard. God has enabled you to have the most amazing faith, provided a Friend to run beside you in every part of your race, and will make sure you are supplied with all you need. You won’t feel like running; you will find every excuse to stay comfortable in doubt, feeling too weary to do anything. Why? Our faith needs to be exercised daily, especially when we don’t feel like it.
Pray like never before. Keep praying, despite your lack of feelings; faith is an action. Worship God. Bless the Lord. Put your electronic Bible down and find one with pages, using it as a playbook that needs to be studied and memorized until it’s worn out and you need a new one. Go to church and find a faith community who not only run together but invite others to join them. The race is not for only one.
Get rid of anything that slows you down or stops you from running. There are many things in this world keeping us from running well. Determine you will let it all go, choosing to go the distance. I’ve learned that energy and ability increase beyond imagination after letting go of the things that weigh me down. No one runs very well when they continue an unhealthy lifestyle.
One thing I know, you will leave doubt behind as you run hard, letting go of what does not belong in a runner’s life, keeping your eyes on Jesus:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
There’s a crowd who’ve crossed the finish line, cheering you on, “Run. Run hard. Run to God.”
View of my JOYs:
Madelyn made signs for her Cafe Yum:
Finished and ready for business.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)