The last two weeks, we’ve considered reasons WHY studying Scripture is important –
Jesus explained that God’s storehouse of wisdom covered the range of human experiences.
Intimate familiarity with God’s truth will enable us to quickly identify any lies.
Knowledge of Scripture helps us when we face doubt. Doubt is different than unbelief. Unbelief is a conscious, mental decision not to accept. Doubt is more of an emotional reaction, tempered by our presuppositions and past experience. Unbelief says “I won’t believe that.” Doubt says, “I can’t believe that because…”
Doubt surfaces when our faith depends more on what we “feel” than what we “know” is TRUE. Internalizing God’s word, His promises, His demonstrations of faithfulness, inoculates us against doubt. Our feelings change. God doesn’t. Going back to His truth also subtly switches our focus from ourselves back to God.
When doubts creep in, and they will, take that as an invitation to spend some time reviewing God’s promises. The Psalms are a great place to turn. Psalm 18 & Psalm 37 are two of my favorites.
What Scriptures do you turn to when doubts enter your mind?