Hi to all! – I’ve had a lull in posting, (and ‘liking’) due to technical problems with my iMac. I start back on track with something I may have examined before:
CAN’T GET THROUGH
What can we say to the person who can’t get through?
Let’s have a pause here.
If I don’t continue – the interpretations of this opening remark are potentially endless.
Get through to what?
Well regardless of whether we admit it to ourselves or not – there is a spiritual vacuum within every person on the planet.
Or more correctly put – we are all born with this spiritual vacuum within. Some have handled this by dismissing the idea of there being a spiritual vacuum. Dismissed chiefly, by ignoring it.
For every affirmative statement of the fact that there is a Living God – there is a doubt antithetically offering itself to our minds.
I think of those who at one time examined the Christian message and slowly but surely came to realise how positive and true it was. Then having taken the necessary steps as instructed by others ‘in the know’ – they proceeded to call on God in prayer.
Only to find they ‘couldn’t get through’ – that it didn’t seem to make any difference. Nothing happened. I didn’t experience a thing. I tried that and it didn’t work.
So obviously (they conclude) the only thing remaining to do – is walk away.
Question: Doubt. – What is it?
Answer: Lack of faith –
‘Wow! Thanks for that’. I hear you say.
So there you where – you decided to act on the call to prayer exhortation from your Christian friend. Or as a result of your own deliberations over the Bible verses you had read.
‘They that call on the name of The Lord shall be saved.’
You called – but doubt stepped in and said ‘Has God said…?’
So you felt nothing – thoughts were swimming – no result – what’s this about? Didn’t work for me.
Doubt then began to speak in familiar language – what about all the other religions, surely they have something to offer also?
How can we be sure of any of this stuff?
I mean I prayed and nothing different happened to me. I didn’t sense anything different.
But who told you nothing happened? Your emotions? Your body? Or did your will just decide nothing happened?
‘Well my mind told me to consider all the teachings of the other religions as this was only fair, who is to say that Christianity only, has the answers?’
So now we have expressed a number of thoughts the end result of which, nevertheless is – doubt.
So in this very brief examination of faith and doubt, one thing we can safely conclude is found in the example and experience of one who listened to the preaching of Paul the Apostle.
Acts 26:27-29 (NKJV)
27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you do believe.”
28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”
29 And Paul said, “I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains.”
Persuasion is ours, for many reasons. When Christ heals you, and you know it – despite the skepticism of others – you are persuaded.
When you are burdened down with guilt, and Christ forgives you and frees you from guilt, lifting the heavy weight – you are persuaded.
When you set out to write a book exposing the myth of Christ and His death and resurrection – and by examining the scriptures you are soundly convinced that contrary to your doubts – it (the bible) is the authentic means by which God has communicated to mankind – you become persuaded – like Frank Morrison who wrote the book ‘Who Moved the Stone’.
In my own case I came to recognise the total reality that God’s hand was imparting unmerited favour to me – He so touched my life – I could only but bow to His supernatural hand of persuasion upon me.
He moved first – I responded.
Becoming persuaded, calls for a certain tenaciousness in searching until we find the answers we are looking for.
We need to recognise that doubt will knock at the door, sometimes persistently, but a tenacious examination of the truth of the scriptures will lead to being fully persuaded.
Romans 4:20-22 (KJV)
20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.