The Inconsistent Man – Why Doubt?

Posted: October 14, 2014 in Christianity, Ministry, Prayer
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Inconsistency in Living an Incongruent Life
Dave, Hannah and Dawn

Dave, Hannah and Dawn

Sometimes I find myself feeling a little more contemplative. This is one of those times. I suppose the trials that we’ve been going through which I wrote about in my last post is to blame.

I’ve been thinking about how we may understand a theological concept or a truth of the Bible, yet struggle to live out this truth. It seems inconsistent to believe one thing, but then to act in another way. I confess this is one of my struggles.

Lately I’ve been struggling with trusting God in his sovereignty. I believe that GOD Sovereignly rules over the universe. God reigns and rules over his creation. Since God is good and loving this should bring me peace and comfort. For the most part it does.

My Doubts – My Struggles
The Sunset on the Pacific - near Cabo San Lucas

The man who doubts is like the waves of the sea

At times though I have my doubts. I think of a decision I made which seemed the best at the time, but later I realize it wasn’t a good decision. Then I feel guilt, maybe even condemnation. My wife reminds me, “Dave, God is sovereign, good and loving and we can look to him and trust him in this!”

I’m the one with the theological degree, but my wife’s faith exceeds my own.

I strive to be consistent with my beliefs and actions, but I fail. I’m grateful for the gospel and I’m grateful for God’s grace. I need it daily.

Romans 8:28 is a popular passage that is abused at times, but it is true and it should bring comfort to the believer.  “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 ESV)

The Heavenly Father Wants to Give us Good Gifts

If we doubt God’s goodness Matthew 7 is a good passage to remind us of how we compare to God.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:7-11 ESV, emphasis mine)

Jesus is arguing from the lesser to the greater. If we being evil desire to give good gifts to our children, how much more will the all loving God care for us?

Not only does God care, but he is a loving and a forgiving God. Romans 8:1 reminds us that Christ was condemned on our behalf, so I no longer am condemned. Those that are in Christ are not condemned. O Lord, that I would grow in my faith and love you more!

Thanks For Your Prayers!

Thanks so much for holding our family up in prayer. Things are getting better – that’s where I struggle to trust, but it’s also where I see The Lord show up and rescue us in our hour of need.

In His Grip, Dave

Diasolifeontheborder.org

Comments
  1. Larry Who says:

    All of us want a perfect testimony without any mistakes, but most of us never attain that type of perfection. Instead, we become testimonies of His grace and how His grace has brought us through our valleys and into the revelation of how great and loving our Father really is. That’s where I am at today and you are probably there, too.

    God bless you.

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    • Thanks for your encouragement! I’m reminded of Phil 1:6, “And I’m sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Christ Jesus.” God is faithful even when we are not.

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      • Larry Who says:

        It’s not necessarily about our faithfulness. Most of our mistakes are made trying to follow God, but we are like sheets hanging in the wind when He doesn’t show up. We blow this way and that way. And He allows this in our lives because He has a greater purpose in our shakings. Whether we like it or not, this is all a part of the journey. It just costs us a little time and money, which does not seem to bother Him in the least.

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  2. Just like with exercise for the body, struggle can strengthen our faith. And as Paul said, His strength is made perfect in our weakness.

    BLessings,

    janet

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