Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
No matter how holy people profess to be, there are times when their faith becomes weak and they have doubts about their spirituality as well as other things that are going on around them. Let's discuss what to do about those doubts.
The word "doubt" can be a verb or a noun. It depends on how it is used. Doubt can be what you do (verb) or what you have (noun).
According to the dictionary, doubt as a noun is a mental state in which the mind is in between two or more contradictory propositions. Doubt is being uncertain about two or more things. It could be between belief and disbelief. Doubting is not knowing for sure whether something is true or false or right or wrong or good or bad.
Most people might think doubting is a negative emotion, but there is good and bad doubt.
- Good doubt motivates people to test things before making a wise decision. For example, a person might test drive several cars before deciding which one to purchase.
- Bad doubt cautions people from making hasty choices without knowing all the facts. There is a good reason that consumers get at least three estimates on something before choosing that particular service.
A person who doubts is a skeptic who refuses to believe without seeing distinct evidence. Thomas was one of Jesus' twelve disciples. He needed to see certain things before He would acknowledge that Jesus had been raised from the dead. Therefore, that disciple was labeled a "doubting Thomas" based on the biblical story found only in John 20:24–29 and not in any of the other Gospels.
When the other disciples told Thomas they had seen the resurrected Lord, Thomas said, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe” (John 20:25).
Thomas refused to believe that Jesus had appeared to the other apostles until he himself has significant proof that Jesus had actually been raised from the dead. Thomas got proof a week later.
Thomas was present when Jesus appeared before His disciples a second time. Jesus spoke directly to Thomas. He told the disciple, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” After Thomas did as he had been instructed. Then he cried out, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus told Thomas, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:26-29). That is also a life application for us.
What to Do About Your Doubts
David said in Psalm 94:19, "When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer." He couldn't handle his doubts on his own, so David gave them to someone who could. The psalmist transferred his doubt into something positive by making a divine exchange for hope and cheer. In the most doubtful situations, there is always a glimmer of hope if you will just stay focused enough to recognize it.
You are not alone when you have doubts. Everyone has doubts from time to time. No one is exempt from having doubts. Those doubts might be about people, places, or things. There is good news about doubts. Doubts can be eliminated, but while you have feelings of doubts, they can be helpful.
According to James 1:16, "A doubting mind will be as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind." You must believe and not doubt. Therefore, it is necessary to change doubts into trust because it is impossible to trust God and doubt Him at the same time.
First, you need to admit you are experiencing doubt. Then you will be on your way to eliminating it. It is only after you face your doubt that you will be able to overcome it. Having doubt might be a reminder to you that your faith needs to grow. After admitting your doubt, you can do the following things to rid yourself of that uncomfortable feeling.
- You can counteract doubt by replacing it with faith.
- When you establish a relationship with God, you will doubt much less.
- Doubts could remind you to pray more.
- Rely more on God and what He can do rather than what you can do on your own.
How Do You Handle Your Doubts?
Feel free to share in the comments section below what you do to eliminate doubts in your life. What you share could help someone else.