Talk about doubt: It probably seemed unreal that a King would ride a donkey to unseat the current ruler from His throne.
When Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and throngs of people welcomed Him, His disciples were overjoyed that this was the time Jesus had told them about. That He would be the King of the Jews. They thought now would be the time that the evil in the world would be dealt with by their wise and gentle but commanding Master. The Jesus they loved, respected and trusted was in control now and would work miracles daily on behalf of the hurting, sick, lame, downtrodden and mistreated people of their country.
Maybe they were thinking a military coup might be the way it would go down. Maybe another Jesus miracle would wipe out the “haters” and then all would be well. It was more than likely a combination of these thoughts going through the trusting disciples’ heads. But they were sure this was the time of their Master’s victory.
And they were right, it was. But it certainly didn’t come about in a way that they understood. Beaten, ridiculed and crucified unto death. How did it turn out so badly? This wasn’t what they’d call victory. And what it caused in the hearts and minds of those trusting disciples was doubt, for real.
Well, how can we as a people who have only read the history have any greater victory over doubt when illnesses are not cured, when jobs fall through, when disasters come, when loved ones are lost and their sudden deaths cannot be explained, when evil reigns in high places. How do we make reason of it?
We don’t have a crystal ball to look into and see the answers to the tough questions. We have a Bible with many promises and reassurances that God is in control of the universe and all things happen for His plan. And that ultimately He will also reign on this Earth and all evil will be defeated.
We can’t answer the questions. But we, who are Spirit filled Christians, already know that though the evidence looks bad, God is still good. He does reign.
Isaiah 40:15 says
Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket;
they are regarded as dust on the scales;
he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.
Can our small minds even comprehend this?
Is it enough? These “words”? No, not for most. Even Spirit filled Christians are going to have seasons of doubt and anxiety over the situations that look and feel bad. But they are only circumstantial evidence against our belief in God’s goodness.
Because if we pray for peace it comes. We know that He answers THAT promise always. When believers pray in earnest, whatever situation we are concerned with, He is faithful to answer with peace. He will say to our hearts “Be still”. We know that He is the great I AM. He is:
El Shaddai, the Lord God Almighty
El Ely on, The Most High God
Adonai, The Lord, Master
Yahweh, The Lord, Jehovah
Jehovah Nissi, The Lord My Banner
Jehovah-Raah, The Lord My Shepherd
Jehovah Rapha, The Lord that Heals
Jehovah Shammah, The Lord That Is There
Jehovah Tsidkenu, The Lord Our Righteousness
Jehovah Mekoddishkem, The Lord Who Sanctifies You
El Olam, The Everlasting God
Jehovah Jireh, The Lord Will Provide
Jehovah Shalom, The Lord Is Peace
Jehovah Sabaoth, The Lord of Hosts
When in doubt don’t beat yourself up and feel guilty about it. Get out your Bible and read Isaiah Chapter 40 all the way through. It is all about God comforting His people—and that is you, you Spirit filled Christian. It will renew your strength and faith. Doubt is normal—-but don’t stay in it. His promise is for you.
Oh, and it’s for you to share with unbelievers also. Don’t keep this incredible comfort to yourself. For me, it wants to come bursting out. I want to sing it from the rooftops and wear it on my sleeve. I can hardly contain it within.
Oh, wait- I’m not supposed to. I’ll share till there is no voice or breath left in me.
Good news. Great news. The best news. It overcomes any doubt I could ever feel. I’ve made up my mind- I’m sharing.