About Doubt -- Part 2
Last week I wrote about doubt, sharing how even with his doubts and questions, Gideon was still used by God to help free Israel from its oppressors. And I’m still mulling over that post and why I wrote it. Because sometimes I feel like I’m committing some sort of sin by having questions, by being a “thinker” and mulling things over before making declarations of faith. It’s not that I don’t have any faith, or that I need to have everything spelled out in life before I can or will move forward in, well, life. Nor do I always fail to see the times I’ve questioned myself into inaction when what was required was a leap of faith. Questioning and weighing one’s words by the ounce is not always the best thing to do. But it’s not always the worst thing to do, either. Because there are times when I have wrongly let my mouth run ahead of my brain and caused damage in some way or another to people and/or relationships. And that’s not a good thing.
But even now I feel like I’m possibly working myself into another circle of inaction here, so let me put it this way: I don’t think it’s wrong to have questions, to say I’d like to better understand something before taking action. For as it says in Ecclesiastes 3:1 there is a time for every purpose under heaven, and I believe that includes a time to not only move out in faith with unanswered questions, but also a time to ask (and wait) for clarification or further instruction. We need to know when to count the cost of a task or project before we start the work as stated in Luke 14:28-30.
Or am I over-thinking things (it has been known to happen . . .)?