Scripture: John 6:60–69
Key Verse: “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” (John 6:63–64a)
I grew up in a Christian home and my family went to church every Sunday. I was very involved in youth group, went to a Christian college, and have been working in a ministry for most of my adult life. I know god loves me. I know I will go to heaven when I die. I have basically lived a good life. But that knowledge doesn’t always reach my heart.
Despite my Christian upbringing and dedication to ministry, I sometimes doubt that God means what he says. I sometimes doubt that God will fulfill his promises to his children (me, specifically). I have been praying for something for much of my life. The longer that prayer goes unanswered, the more I find it hard to trust God with my hopes and desires. Even though God has answered many of my prayers through the years, he hasn’t answered “the big one.”
When we are doubtful, we may feel that we should not go to God. But God hears us when we come to him with our doubts. He wants us to be honest with him. Let’s face it, God already knows what we’re thinking and feeling. I find that I have more peace when I push through my doubts and let the knowledge of God’s love and faithfulness overwhelm my heart and my mind. I’m learning to trust through doubt.
How does it feel to know that Jesus chose you to be his?
Is there something in your life that keeps you from believing God’s Word?
This week, when you find yourself doubting God’s love for you or something else he has said, ask God to increase your belief in him. One man said to Jesus, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
“Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” Repeat this phrase or sing the entire song (if you know it) the next time you doubt God.
God, I’m so glad that you love me and continue to listen to me when I struggle to trust you and believe what you tell me. Please help me to love you and trust you with my whole heart, my whole mind, and all my strength.