Dealing with Doubt

(modified from the book "Slaying the Giants in your Life" chapter 9 by David Jeremiah 2001 by David Jeremiah)

Introduction

All of us at time have various question and doubts. Why am I here? What is the significance of life? What would have happened if I had chosen the other road - of marriage, of career, of faith? when we don't have the answers we suffer with doubt. As we consider this topic, we will find that doubt is not the opposite of faith, but an opportunity of faith, the growing pains of an eager, seeking soul. We could say that doubt asks questions; unbelief refuses to hear answers. Let us consider this topic as we study the Bible in this study.

Bible  Study of God's Word

As you go through this lesson, read the verses in the Bible to help you find the answers. Try reading the verses first in a Bible in your own language (Chinese) and then in an English version.

Note: The Bible verse references below are linked to an English version of the Bible. If you would like to follow the Bible verse link, it would be good to "right click" on the Bible verse link and choose to open in new window  resized the window so that you can quickly go back and forth from this page to the verses. Try to write down your answers to these questions.

Example of Doubt

Let us consider John the Baptist. Jesus described him as no one greater than him (Matthew 11:11) He is described as the promised prophet of God who would prepare the way for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ (Isaiah 40:3; John 1:19-23; 29-30).

  1. Read Matthew 11:2-6.  What was John's situation when he sent some of his followers to Jesus (see also Matthew 14:3-4)? What does his question say about his faith at this time? Does this surprise you considering his previous announcement about Jesus? why do you think John had his doubts about Jesus now? How did Jesus answer his doubts?

     

  2. What can we learn from this for our own doubts?

Dealing with our Doubts

To gain lesson on dealing with our doubts we have an example in the person of one of Jesus' 12 disciples. His name is Thomas, more commonly called Doubting Thomas. Let us learn from his example. For background read John 19:17-20:24. In these verses we are dealing with two critical questions that many people have problems understanding or have doubts about. These are that Jesus is the son of God and the resurrection of Jesus, that He came alive again after being dead and buried.

Now consider more carefully John 20:24-31 and consider the following questions.

  1. What important event had Thomas missed (John 20:24-25)?

     

  2. How did Thomas respond to the announcement of the others to seeing the resurrected Jesus (v. 25)?

     

  3. What two things have we learned from Thomas' example in verses 24-25 that can help us with our doubts?

     

  4. What happened a week later (v. 26)? Despite Thomas' disagreement with the other disciples, what does his presents in the room this time tell us about Thomas? What was the result?

     

  5. What was the result of Thomas' doubting questions (v. 27)?

     

  6. Thomas' answered questions of doubt lead him to a powerful declaration. What was it (v. 28)?