Overcoming the fog of doubt

March 8, 2018 by Dr. Jack Graham

“…he must increase, but I must decrease.”
–John 3:30
As a pastor, I’ve had many people ask me, “Why they are facing such painful life circumstances?” And this is a very understandable question to ask. Life circumstances like grief, sorrow, suffering, and heartache can stop us in our tracks.   
And often, I have to answer these people by saying, “I honestly don’t know why.”  Some things are imponderable. Of course, that doesn’t mean that we won’t understand sometime, but we may not know this side of heaven.
So there’s nothing wrong with you and I asking why. In fact, if you’re asking questions, you’re in good company. When John the Baptist, the man who introduced Jesus to the world, was imprisoned for preaching repentance, he also found himself in the dungeon of doubt. He sent word to Jesus, asking, “Lord, are you truly the Messiah or should we expect another?”
Now, if John, who Jesus called the “greatest man born of woman,” could feel the fog of doubt, take heart. But also determine to continue to move forward in faith… to trust… to believe… to hope.
Let the questions of life build your faith! Each trial is a lesson that can teach you about the content of your faith, the character of your commitment, and the caliber of your spiritual maturity. 
Trust in him… let Jesus increase in your life… and you will find your way to a place of absolute dependence in him and a victorious, enduring faith!


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