Maybe it’s normal life doubts, like whom to date or marry, which career path to follow, or where to invest our 401(k).
It’s more serious, but no less expected, to have doubts about matters of faith.
Abraham had them (“You mean I’m going to have a son?”).
Moses had them (“Pharaoh will definitely not listen to me”).
David had them (“Why are my enemies surrounding me?).
Elijah had them (“I’m the only faithful prophet alive”).
But if you read about John the Baptist, you might peg him as the type of guy who never wavers. He’s the one who ate grasshoppers and honey and dressed in clothes made out of camel’s hair. He was the first-century tough guy who balked at nothing.
He never doubted his role as the one who would prepare the people to listen to Jesus. He knew exactly who he was and what his purpose was. Some people once asked him if he was the Messiah, but he never wavered. “No, I’m not.”
The very next day he saw Jesus and pointed to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” (John 1:36). Again, no wavering.
He even looked King Herod in the eyes and told him he shouldn’t have stolen his brother’s wife. (He ended up in prison for that one)
But here is where John does something I thought he’d never do.
From prison he sends some disciples to Jesus to ask a question: “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” (Matthew 11:3).
Remember this is the same man who had unequivocally pointed out Jesus as the Messiah.
But now he’s got doubts.
Why? We don’t know for sure, but it probably had something to do with the fact that he was in prison. He was alone, he was idle, he had time to think.
And he began to wonder if he had been wrong all along.
Maybe today you’re where John was then. In the past you’ve been fully confident in your faith, but certain circumstances have led you to a place where you’re wandering about a few things. You’ve got questions.
What should you do?
Sometimes people think they’d better keep their doubts to themselves or someone might think they’ve lost their faith. Real Christians don’t doubt, right?
But I urge you to do what John did. Ask questions. Seek answers. Look for evidence.
Jesus didn’t fuss at John for doubting. In fact, He did the opposite. He gave John the evidence he was looking for.
And He does the same for us. If we have honest doubts about matters of faith and really want to know the truth, God will lead us to it.
Doubts help us grow, and I’m even a little suspicious of folks who say they never question anything.
I believe that when we think we question, and when we question, we sometimes doubt.
But when we seek we find, and when we find, we’re stronger than we were before.
Have a great Friday!