Reading: Psalm 42: 9-11
Doubt is a part of faith. For some believers, faith is usually able to conquer doubt. For all, however, at times doubt rises up and pushed our faith down. We have all experienced times when doubt has gotten the best of us and we find it hard to call on our faith. Part of us knows that God is always present and near us, yet we, like the psalmist, will have times when the bigger part of us feels as if God has forgotten about us. This often occurs in times of personal struggle.
Doubt can also be cast upon us from the outside world. When we hear of tragedies such as the recent mass shooting or the actions of ISIS or 9/11 type events, we naturally ask the “Why” question and wonder where God is in the midst of it all. God is found nowhere in the evil of such horrific events, but He is near to some of the victims and then God is definitely near in the soon-to-follow outpouring of prayers and other forms of love and support.
Life will bring times or even seasons where we doubt. Close relatives fear and anxiety also visit us from time to time. Yet the presence of God can be a constant to us, even in times when doubt, fear, and anxiety are present. Like the psalmist, may we too put our hope in God, knowing that we too shall soon praise God again.