Suppression of doubts either completely destroys faith or infantilizes the Christian.
Years ago, my teen children were taught some things I had never considered and led to some questioning. A group of parents said--"Should we pull our children out so they are not exposed to those teachings?" I said something like this:
"Truth is truth. If these teachings are not truth, digging deep will expose their falsehood."
Maybe I was overly optimistic. However, I do believe that doubts, questioning, and searching should never be suppressed. Only by digging deep can we excavate the trenches needed to build a firm foundation.
"The people here were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, since they welcomed the message with eagerness and examined the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so." ~Acts 17:11 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
In Joshua, Chapter One, God promised Moses much more than the Israelites ever received.
Why? God tells Joshua: I will give you every place where you set your foot. (verse 3) The Israelites simply did not step out in faith to receive all God had promised.
Have we tentatively placed our feet onto the ice, to see if it will break under the pressure, to see if we will fall into the icy depths? Christian writers need to stride into their writing lives strong and courageous.
Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. ~Joshua 1:7-9
God will be with us. He will guide us. Our job is to stay focused and to meditate upon his word. Let go of fears and step into the promises of God. He will give us success, perhaps not worldly success, but success nonetheless.
Just put your best foot forward today and claim the promises!
Throw Back Thursday
I found this in my father’s pictures. I’m not sure but I believe it was taken near Ansbach, Germany around 1952.
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