The eleven disciples traveled to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped, but some doubted.
In Seasons of Doubt
Have you ever struggled with doubt in your faith journey? Have you ever felt guilty and full of shame because of it? I remember when I began to wonder if God was truly good and wise after my sister started battling with mental illness in the home.
I remember beginning to wonder if my evangelistic efforts made a difference after constant rejection conversation after conversation. I remember falling into fear of the “what ifs” of life instead of fighting for faith in the sovereign Lord over my life. So… is it okay to doubt?
You’re Not Alone
Did you know that this phrase “but some doubted” in Matthew 28 is right before the Great Commission? It seems so out of place, right? First, the context suggests that it was Jesus’ disciples that doubted. This should give you comfort that even though you may struggle with doubt at times, that doesn’t mean you’re not a follower of Jesus.
Also, the text tells us that they worshipped Him but some doubted. So, if you doubt, keep worshiping. In the midst of doubt, they still fought it and obeyed. The Lord doesn’t condemn but has mercy on us. The Lord in His love reassured them with the Great Commission, proclaiming that all authority has been given to Him and reminding them that He is with them always until the end of the age.
Fighting The Good Fight
I believe one of the primary attacks of the enemy is placing doubts in our mind about the goodness of God and about his power that is at work within us as we share the gospel and seek out gospel conversations. Be reassured by His Word. The fight of faith is difficult, and doubt is a part of that.
Thank God for his mercy for our doubts and his consistent pursuit in the midst of it. When you doubt, fight for faith! When you doubt, keep worshiping! When you doubt, keep obeying!
Like Habakkuk, Job, and Jesus in Gethsemane, let your doubts drive you to prayer. God welcomes dialogue to help secure you in your faith and work. Ask for special sensitivity and discernment of the Holy Spirit who offers assurance to the believer.
Know Why You Believe by Paul Little