Do you ever have doubts about your faith? Many years ago, I read a book by John Ortberg called Faith and Doubt, which has since been re-titled, Know Doubt: The Importance of Embracing Uncertainty in Your Faith. I recommend it. Our faith often includes doubt, doesn't it? Do you ever wish that your faith was more solid, more sure? I do. I trust God but I'm also afraid of the consequences if I'm wrong and my faith turns out to be presumption. If you have ever experienced this problem, or if you're experiencing it right now, today's passage may be for you. Let's listen to it:
The eleven disciples went to the hill in Galilee where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him, even though some of them doubted. (Matt: 28:16-17)
In this passage we learn about the remaining eleven disciples shortly after Jesus’ death and resurrection. Judas had killed himself and Matthias had not yet been confirmed as his replacement. These eleven men had been with Jesus for three years. They had seen amazing
miracles. They had participated in feeding thousands of people with just handfuls of food. They
had seen Jesus cast out demons and heal the sick and they even had done it themselves. They had seen Jesus crucified and then spent six weeks with Him after He was resurrected. Jesus then tells them to go to Mount Olivet and this where the passage from Mathew picks up. And yet, after all they had seen, we are told, "When they saw Him, they worshiped Him even though some doubted." Does this describe you sometimes? Have you ever sat in church on Sunday morning, worshiping, and yet, doubting? Let me encourage you today. Jesus is aware of your doubts. He knows all about them and yet joyfully receives your worship and praise. Today, face your doubts honestly. Confess them to God and ask Him to help you overcome them.
Jesus wants to meet you right where you are today and everyday, doubts and all...and that’s, wouldn’t you agree, very Good News!