16 September 2012

Is it wrong to doubt?

Job is one of my favorite books of the Bible. Ruth and Colossians are my other two favorites. 

Does that seem strange to you? 

Anyways, I love to see what other people are writing and learning from these passages of Scripture and when I came across an article referencing Job with the following title: 

I was more than a little curious, especially thinking about the two men Steve Jobs and the biblical Job. At first glance, in all honesty, it was the play off their names that grabbed my attention.

Here's a little excerpt below:
God can handle our doubts. In fact, God wants us to bring our doubts to him. While Job wondered why God would allow him to be tormented, Job’s friends shared platitudes about God and sin. In the final chapter of Job, God pronounces his judgment on Job’s friends: “I am angry with you . . . because you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has” (Job 42:7). God praises Job for his authenticity in plunging into the deep end of his doubt instead of splashing around in the shallow waters of superficiality. 

There’s a lot we don’t know.  ....Job did not personally observe the dialogue between God and Satan in Job chapters 1 and 2. Job doesn’t know there’s a purpose behind what he’s experiencing.... After all, Job could never have dreamt of the explanation of what happened to him. I cannot imagine the story that makes it okay for God to have made [someone suffer]. But I can imagine that there is such a story.
We do know what we do know. The corollary is that while there’s much we don’t know about our life and hardship, there’s much we do know about God. That’s why Job can eventually get to the place of admitting to God, “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2).

If your curiosity is piqued, head on over to Her.meneutics to read the rest of this post... but I'd also add one more thought: 

There is a seductive quality in writings like this -- as in, a doubter trying to seduce others into doubting. 

I say that because I am by nature a doubter and go through seasons where I struggle greatly with truly believing what I say I believe. I am, in fact, wading through one of those muddy seasons right now.

Yes, God loves the seeking and the searching and revealing and finding that genuine doubt can inspire. He promises that in genuine questing to find Him, He will be found. But, when we begin to honor and revere and worship the doubting more than His revelation of truth and Himself, we say, "I know better than God..." which is only a hop, skip and a jump from saying, "I am just like God..." or "I am God..."


  1. It's perfectly understandable that you should be in a season of doubting right now. Doubt alone is not a sin. It only becomes so if you allow the doubt to control you, rather than earnestly seeking God and trusting Him to provide the answers in His timing.

    1. i kinda thought that's what i was trying to say. =D


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