Doubt isn't a bad thing

I would like for you to consider for a moment what this journalist was attempting to share in his words: "Who never doubted, never half believed. Where doubt is, there truth is - it is her shadow." (Ambrose Bierce) Have you ever doubted? Then it is suggested you were at least at the place of some form of belief. Have you ever considered what your doubt was attempting to reveal to you? Perhaps doubt is not a bad thing because it points us to consider the truth of a matter. Where doubt is - - - there truth is. It may be in the shadows, but it is there! We need only look a little closer and we will find truth has never been far from us. 

The revelation of God is whole and pulls our lives together. The signposts of God are clear and point out the right road. The life-maps of God are right, showing the way to joy. The directions of God are plain
and easy on the eyes. God’s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold, with a lifetime guarantee. The decisions of God are accurate down to the nth degree. (Psalm 19:7-9)

Truth - that which conforms to fact or reality. That is a pretty basic definition of truth, but if we elaborate a bit, we might realize truth is really that which is authentic, legitimate, and certain. Can you think of any better way to describe God's presence in your life? He is indeed authentic - he is real, able to be experienced in the most profound ways. He is legitimate - the absolute authority above all other authority. He actions in our lives are certain - sure and firmly founded actions on our behalf. God isn't discontent when we only 'half-believe' because he knows we are on the path to coming to 'full-belief', my friends!

There are times we might think our doubt is a bad thing - because God tells us we should not doubt. I honestly believe our doubt brings us into a 'search' of sorts. We seek truth in the midst of our doubt - what could be wrong with that? Some might assume doubt exists because one is questioning God's authority, but I suggest doubt may exist because one is coming to terms with his absolute and undeniable authority. The moment our doubt is recognized is the moment we can begin to explore the evidence of truth that exists in the revelation of God - his Word. 

The Word of God actually begins to dispel doubt - bringing to light any untruth that exists in our 'half-belief' and illuminating further the truth that has remained in the 'shadows' within our life until that moment of revelation. What God's truth does within us is 'pull our lives together'. Where doubt exists is an opportunity for God show clear signposts that point us down the right path. Rather than get down on yourself because you are searching for answers, continue the search. God knows you are searching to discover and he is pleased to allow that discovery. Embrace your doubt and begin to talk about it with God - he is ready and waiting to reveal truth in all its fullness to your today. Just sayin!

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