And there appeared to Zechariah an angle of the lord…”Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John…he will be great before the Lord…Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this?…” the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel, I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you…behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.”Luke 1:11-15, 18-20 NIV
We know that faith is a requirement for any believer to be strong; we also know that many people will not ascend into heaven due to their unbelief, their doubt in God, their doubt that Jesus is the Messiah…
Doubt, it is central to our faith, it helps us to develop and strengthen it (faith). Some may see the idea as a contradiction, doubt after all, is supposed to be a “status between belief and disbelief that involves uncertainty or distrust or lack of an alleged fact, an action, a motive or a decision.” – Rev. Christopher Benek. Doubt often brings into question some notion of one’s perceived reality. But, when we consider that faith is belief that is not based on proof, the role of doubt seems more plausible.
Some of us might struggle with intellectual doubt: How do I really know God exists? How can I be sure that Jesus is the only way to heaven? Some of us might struggle with circumstantial doubt: How can God be good when there is suffering in the world? God helps us, His people, understand and process our doubt by describing the two types of unbelief found in the bible, Ignorance and Arrogance.
Believing is faith… “Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].”Hebrews 11:1 AMP
Faith has substance and when you have faith in God’s Word, then something shifts within you, the Holy Spirit begins to move through you, directing you to follow God’s plan for you. For in the scriptures we find truth.
Jesus said that “blessed are those that believe without seeing me”, so don’t let doubt ruin your faith in Jesus Christ.