Did God say? How many times have you said it to yourself? Doubt was seeded in the mind of Eve when the serpent said “”You won’t die!” contrary to what God said. It is not sin to doubt. It is sin when you act on your doubt. We must know what God has said even though we may not understand it. Even when we doubt we can choose to trust and obey God.
We doubt because we cannot fully comprehend the great truths of the Bible as our finite mind is inadequate to grasp the infinite; that man, with his limited, human knowledge, cannot understand the purposes of Omniscient God.
“Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.”Hebrews 3:12. It is right to study closely the teachings of the Bible, and to search into “the deep things of God,”* so far as they are revealed in Scripture. While “the secret things belong unto the Lord our God,”Deuteronomy 29:29 ”those things which are revealed belong unto us.” But it is Satan’s work to pervert the investigative powers of the mind. Pride is mingled with the consideration of Bible truth, so that men feel impatient and defeated if they cannot explain every portion of Scripture to their satisfaction. It is too humiliating to them to acknowledge that they do not understand the inspired words. They are unwilling to wait patiently until God shall see fit to reveal the truth to them. They feel that their unaided human wisdom is sufficient to enable them to comprehend the Scripture, and failing to do this, they virtually deny its authority. It is true that many theories and doctrines popularly supposed to be derived from the Bible have no foundation in its teaching, and indeed are contrary to the whole tenor of inspiration. These things have been a cause of doubt and perplexity to many minds. They are not, however, chargeable to God’s word, but to man’s perversion of it.
If it were possible for created beings to attain to a full understanding of God and his works, there would be for them no further discovery of truth, no growth in knowledge, no further development of mind or heart. God would no longer be supreme; and man, having reached the limit of knowledge and attainment, would cease to advance. Let us thank God that it is not so. God is infinite; in him are “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossioans 2:3And to all eternity men may be ever searching, ever learning, and yet never exhaust the treasures of his wisdom, his goodness, and his power.
We can attain to an understanding of God’s word only through the illumination of that Spirit by which the word was given. “The things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God;” “for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:10 And the Saviour’s promise to his followers was, “When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth . . For he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you.”John 16:13.
If we would not have the Scriptures clouded to our understanding, so that the plainest truths shall not be comprehended, we must have the simplicity and faith of a little child, ready to learn, and beseeching the aid of the Holy Spirit. A sense of the power and wisdom of God, and of our inability to comprehend his greatness, should inspire us with humility, and we should open his word, as we would enter his presence, with holy awe. When we come to the Bible, reason must acknowledge an authority superior to itself, and heart and intellect must bow to the great I AM.
When the word of God is opened without reverence and without prayer; when the thoughts and affections are not fixed upon God, or in harmony with his will, the mind is clouded with doubt; and in the very study of the Bible, skepticism strengthens. The enemy takes control of the thoughts, and he suggests interpretations that are not correct. Whenever men are not in word and deed seeking to be in harmony with God, then, however learned they may be, they are liable to err in their understanding of Scripture, and it is not safe to trust their explanations. Those who look to the Scriptures to find discrepancies, have not spiritual insight. With distorted vision they will see many causes for doubt and unbelief in things that are really plain and simple.
Disguise it as they may, the real cause of doubt and skepticism, in most cases, is the love of sin. The teachings and restrictions of God’s word are not welcome to the proud, sin-loving heart, and those who are unwilling to obey its requirements are ready to doubt its authority. In order to arrive at truth, we must have a sincere desire to know the truth, and a willingness of heart to obey it. And all who come in this spirit to the study of the Bible, will find abundant evidence that it is God’s word, and they may gain an understanding of its truths that will make them wise unto salvation. Christ has said, “If any man willeth to do his will, he shall know of the teaching.
Peter exhorts his brethren to “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:18 When the people of God are growing in grace, they will be constantly obtaining a clearer understanding of his word. They will discern new light and beauty in its sacred truths. This has been true in the history of the church in all ages, and thus it will continue to the end. “The path of the righteous is as the light of dawn, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” Proverbs 4:18
We may rejoice that all which has perplexed us in the providences of God will then be made plain; things hard to be understood will then find an explanation; and where our finite minds discovered only confusion and broken purposes, we shall see the most perfect and beautiful harmony. “Now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12
Praise the Lord, the Faith Child knows that the only way is to trust and obey the infallible Word of God especially when doubts asail. Why do we want to listen to the father of lies or to his finite followers who want to do us harm, instead of listening to our infinite God, loving Father in Heaven? Let us come with humble hearts before His throne of grace and obtain mercy even in time of need.. when we do not see ahead, yet we will not let our doubts rule us. We must choose to hear His voice through His word, His servants, His Spirit of life, our conscience. Then will our doubts be wiped away for we shall behold what we have never seen before and know that He is indeed God. We must trust and obey to be overcomers in Christ. Glory and praise to our Omniscient God for He is good. Let us not remain as children being tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, but rather let us be soundly grounded on His Word, the Word of God which never fails.
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