When You’re Walking in Doubt
By Holly Scheer
Sometimes life is really hard. Life might stink because of a lot of big, scary things. Or, maybe it’s a cascade of small things that together start to become overwhelming. Burnt toast and spilled coffee aren’t worth tears on their own, but when you’re looking for a tiny moment of peace in your day, the tiniest of disappointments can be the breaking point. When it seems like everything is going wrong, and life is just disappointing and scary, doubt can be a constant and troubling companion. What does it mean for the Christian when you’re walking in doubt, and when you can’t seem to shake the fear that God has left you?
“Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 40:10).
The Good News for Christians is this, though: God promises that we don’t need to fear because He is with us. Even when we feel like we’re alone and the days and nights are long, we’re not really alone. Ours fears and doubts aren’t who we really are, because God has promised to strength and help us. He loves us so much that He sent His only begotten Son to die for us, and all of our sins. Including our doubts.
It doesn’t mean that things will always go our way. There’s no promise that life for the Christian will always be simple or easy. There’s no magical combination of wishes and good behavior that will make your friends always like you, you kids always listen to you, and your spouse always be safe and healthy. Life might stay hard. It might be ugly.
That’s why it’s so important that we always remember that this life isn’t all that we have. There’s so much more that we’re promised. We’re promised more than this short span of years — we’re promised forever in Heaven.
“And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever” (Revelation 22:5).
If life is hard and grim right now, you’re not alone. You’re not in this alone, and this moment will pass.