Dealing with Doubts (v)

23 06 2010

These few posts are looking at 10 thoughts on how to deal with our doubts. 4 temptations and 6 encouragements.

4) It’s tempting to remove yourself from fellowship

In the whirlwind of emotions of dealing with doubts, it is so tempting to remove yourself from fellowship with believers – to stop going to church, to hang out with people who won’t challenge you about faith.

I totally understand the temptation. When you’re struggling with your faith, the last thing you want is to be greeted by an ultra-cheerful, permanently happy, sickly-sweet-far-too-nice-to-be-true, unwavering Christian, with Footprints tattooed on their forearms and a Chris Tomlin ringtone. It doesn’t help.

But Proverbs 18:1 says ‘Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.’

When your thoughts are riddled with doubts, it is so tempting to isolate yourself. But all that does is take you away from people with sound judgment and leave you alone with your own thoughts… which are riddled with doubts! It’s a vicious circle.

Verse 19 says that the disciples first met Jesus on, ‘the evening of that day, the first day of the week…’ Easter day, which became the day of worship for the early Christian church. Then verse 26 says, ‘Eight days later…’ Eight days. By our modern standards of counting that’s over a week. A week and one day. A Kelloggs Variety Pack-worth of days. In the Jewish mindset they counted part of a day as a whole day, so Sunday was the first day, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, the eighth day.

It’s the day of celebration. The first day of the week. The day that became the recognised day of Christian worship, and Jesus arrives.

I want you to notice this: Doubting Thomas didn’t meet Jesus whilst on his own, skipping church, in a coffee shop reflecting on his doubts. He met Jesus and had his doubts resolved in the corporate gathering on the day of worship.

Don’t cut yourself off from worshippers, from sound men and women that can speak into your lives. You will be like a coal taken out of the fire that quickly cools off. However painful, keep seeking God in the context of the gathered church.

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