Five Minute Friday — Doubt

Look at this. I’m actually making a Five Minute Friday post on Friday. That hasn’t happened in awhile.

Five Minute Friday, of course, is the brainchild of Lisa Jo Baker, who turned the reins over to Kate Motaung a little over a year ago. Here, contributors take a prompt word — this week DOUBT — and write for five minutes. We then share our posts at Kate’s place (http://katemotaung.com/2015/09/24/five-minute-friday-doubt/).

So, here goes. The timer is set, so let’s GO

Have you ever second-guessed yourself? Have you ever questioned someone else’s “facts”?

Of course you have. I know I have many, many , many times.

Doubt is a natural emotion… even when it comes to faith. While I was speaking on wisdom last weekend from the pulpit, I sort of touched on the subject. And it can be a good thing … yes even in matters of faith.

Our gospel reading last week — James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a — shows the merry band of apostles were as clueless as we often are. Jesus is trying to explain His pending crucifixion and resurrection — for the second time — But they did not understand what He meant and were afraid to ask Him about it.

Two thousand years later and nothing has changed.

Instead of trying to figure it out or ask questions of the Lord, the apostles on the road to Capernaum are engaged in an argument about who is the greatest. STOP

Two thousand years later and nothing has changed.

There are far too many Christians who also are often afraid to ask questions for a lot of reasons. Sometimes it’s because they believe they should already know the answer and they don’t want to look dumb. Sometimes it’s because people are nervous their question isn’t “okay,” maybe there is something wrong with their question or with questions in general or maybe questioning itself is a sign of lack of faith.

Wrong on all counts. Questions are not the mark of a lack of intelligence but of a curious and lively spiritual mind. Or as David Lose said, “Faith, in fact, grows in the soil of doubts and challenges. Absent doubt, we may talk of knowledge, but given that faith is ‘belief in things not seen,’ doubt seems to be an essential ingredient.”

Jesus’ wants us to share our questions, our struggles and our doubts so He might help us understand His teaching one on one and in this way draw us closer to God. Perhaps if the apostles had asked, they would have understood more quickly and easily what He was trying to teach.

Perhaps, the same is true of us. If Jesus’ kingdom is understandably difficult to comprehend, we should ask questions. If Jesus’ death seems meaningless or His resurrection hard to accept, we should ask questions. If we wonder how Jesus can be with us or where God is when it hurts, we should ask questions.

I challenged the congregation and I challenge you with an experiment. Write down a question you have about faith, God or the Bible and drop it in with the offering. That’s it. You don’t have to name the question or discuss it or put down your name. Just write down one question you have about Scripture, God or faith and drop it in with the offering. That last part is important. Just as we give God our time, talents and money, so also do we gratefully give God our questions, challenges and doubts. Hopefully our pastors will address those questions, challenges and doubts in weeks to come.

See, questioning with an open mind is a step toward wisdom with a lower case w.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.

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About wisdomfromafather

I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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3 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Doubt

  1. An encouraging and instructive post. “Just as we give God our time, talents and money, so also do we gratefully give God our questions, challenges and doubts.” I am so thankful for this truth. Visiting from Five Minute Friday.

  2. Amy M says:

    Well put. I’ve definitely fallen into that trap of feeling as though my doubts and questions mean that I’m somehow getting things wrong. This is such a good reminder.

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