23rd June 2019

Doubt

“Then [Jesus] said to Thomas, ‘Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.’ And Thomas answered and said to Him, ‘My Lord and my God!’”
John 20:27-28 (NKJV)

Bleach has been used to clean clothing for centuries. Companies selling it, tell us that it will make our clothes sparkling white or gleaming white. Bleach is actually a harsh chemical used on fabric to remove impurities. It removes all the dust, grease and grime so that only the white remains.

Doubt is similar to bleach in our lives. Doubt is like a cleaning agent in our minds. Similarly, it finds impurities of logic and shoddy reasoning and reacts to it. Too often in Christian circles, doubt is thought of as shameful, even sinful. The phrase ‘doubting Thomas’ isn’t used as a compliment. Too often, the doubter is treated like someone who just won’t get with the programme, the proverbial stick in the mud.

But doubt is a natural reaction, a natural ‘solvent’ that God has given our minds so that falsehood can be washed away and truth remain. If doubt is sin, then other natural reactions like sneezing or blinking would be sins too!

If we look at the grand sweep of history, certainty, not doubt, has done more damage. Nazis were certain of Hitler’s insane vision; suicide bombers are certain they are doing God’s will. Listening to doubt might actually have prevented not a few catastrophes.

Of course, we know it’s possible to use too much bleach. Too much bleach will go beyond cleaning, to burning the fabric and finally, leaving a hole. Similarly, too much doubt is called cynicism. The cynic sneers at any structure of thought, any conclusion, any emotional connection he doubts and says that all is broken, nothing and no one can be trusted. To overindulge our doubts is to burn a hole through the fabric of faith and life itself.

Doubt, in the sense of natural, healthy questioning, is a reflex God gave us to protect us. Not only is a level of doubt healthy, it can even be worship. The Bible reminds us: “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter” (Proverbs 25:2). Let doubt help you work through any falsehood you hear telling you that you are not forgiven, worthy or loved. Let the truth wash you like bleach, taking away the impurities and leaving you clean and bright in the eyes of God.

Prayer
Merciful Father, the siren voices of doubt are everywhere and too often sap our faith and belief. Help us to wash away doubt with the true vision that you are love through and through, full of mercy and compassion. Through Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Presented by Heber Ticas
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About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Heber Ticas is an Elder in Grace Communion International and is the Superintend of the Churches in Latin America. He also serves as the National Coordinator for Church Multiplication in the United States.

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