Doubts

Today’s readings: Jeremiah 44:24-47:7, 2 Timothy 2:22-3:17, Psalm 94:1-23, Proverbs 26:6-8

Just yesterday my wife and I were talking about our faith. We all face doubts in our lives. Maybe it is because we are struggling. Or maybe we heard a statement from an influential person (someone we respect highly because of their clear thinking or their mastery in another area) who questions the very existence of God. It might be late at night when we can’t sleep because of things that happened in the world during the day that make no sense to us. In a world of beauty and order, how can senseless things happen? Or do the words of Asaph in Psalm 73:12-14 make sense right now?

12 Look at these wicked people—
    enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiply.

13 Did I keep my heart pure for nothing?
    Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?
14 I get nothing but trouble all day long;
    every morning brings me pain.

Read verses 18 and 19 from Psalm 94, which the Psalmist wrote as he feared for his life in the face of wicked people.

18 I cried out, “I am slipping!”
    but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me.
19 When doubts filled my mind,
    your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.

He trusted in the Lord to save him, but it should be noted that part of his consolation was in his confidence that God will destroy the wicked in good time. He trusted God as his fortress, and took great comfort that he could hide in God Himself.

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