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GUIDANCE

JONATHAN FITZGERALD

Luke 22:41-42

And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and he knelt down and began to pray, saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

 As Christians, we so often buy into the belief that we need to have it all together. We feel like we have to stifle feelings of doubt about God, or push away feelings of uncertainty or fear because Christians aren’t supposed to feel those emotions. The more you push those feelings down and don’t talk about them to others or God the more they will build up until pretty soon you don’t even know if you believe in God anymore. So here is the good news: I am going to take you off the hook and tell you to let your emotions free.

Still having feelings of doubt or fear is okay? Trust me, it is. Jesus felt them too. When He was in the garden praying before He was arrested, He asked God, if it was his will, to remove the burden from Him. He felt emotions like we do, but He didn’t let them overwhelm Him and He still trusted His father would take care of Him. Also, if you look at the majority of the Psalms, you will find David, a man after God’s own heart, being afraid and voicing those fears to God.

The problem comes when we allow our doubts or fears to paralyze us or cause us to stop trusting in God. He made emotions and it is okay to feel them and share them with Him. If they do start to overwhelm you though, remember what you know to be true. God will always be there and he will always take care of you, just as he did David and his own Son. But remember, don’t allow these emotions to paralyze you; instead, let them make you stronger.

QUESTION 1. What do you do when you start to doubt God or feel like he isn’t there for you? Do you push those feelings down?
QUESTION 2. What are some ways you can remind yourself of the promises of God when you have feelings of doubt or fear?
CHALLENGE: I’ll reiterate again, it is okay to feel doubt, but the challenge is to not let doubt control you. Talk to others and God about it and remind yourself about his promises found in the Bible.