Doubt

There is no question that good Christians at times doubt. We by nature live by sight and therefore it is more difficult for us to trust the unseen. Our world is more visual today that it has ever been. We say more with pictures many times than we do with words. Because of this and how our culture has geared us into seeing in order to believe, it can create doubt in the life of the believer about spiritual matters. Which in turns creates fear. Jesus states in Mark that we are to believe.

Mark 5.36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.

I came across this poem that I thought would be an encouragement to each of you today. We will all go through times of doubt but we do not have to stay there.

I Will Not Doubt

I will not doubt, though all my ships at sea

Come drifting home with broken masts and sails;

I will believe the Hand which never fails,

For seeming evil worketh good for me.

And though I weep because those sails are tattered,

Still will I cry, while my best hopes lie shattered:

“I trust in Thee.”

I will not doubt, though all my prayers return

Unanswered from the still, white realm above;

I will believe it is an all-wise love

Which has refused these things for which I yearn;

And though at times I cannot keep from grieving,

Yet the pure ardor of my fixed believing

Undimmed shall burn.

I will not doubt, though sorrows fall like rain,

And troubles swarm like bees about a hive;

I will believe the heights for which I strive

Are only reached by anguish and by pain;

And though I groan and writhe beneath my crosses,

I yet shall see through my severest losses

The greater gain.

I will not doubt, Well anchored is this faith,

Like some staunch ship, my soul braves every gale;

So strong its courage that it will not quail

To breast the mighty unknown sea of death.

O, may I cry, though body parts with spirit,

“I do not doubt,” so listening worlds may hear it,

With my last breath.

-Ella Wheeler Wilcox

George Riddell
Husband of a wonderful wife, Father of two terrific girls, Pastor of Open Bible Baptist Church

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