Doubt is Different from Not Understanding God’s Plan

April 7, 2010 by  
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When I was growing up in the country there were certain things I experienced that were without a doubt real and easily believable. Take for instance when my dog had confronted a skunk; I smelled the odor and the evidence left no doubt what had taken place. Looking west and seeing the colors as the sunset were just beautiful. Before eating dinner one evening I picked up a pan with food in it and was reminded very quickly, it was hot; didn’t take long to realize it was either.

I remember driving a tractor while helping dad with the crops many years ago. He instructed me to steer the tractor in a certain direction. From my position in the drivers seat I could see the steel drum in front of the tractor but dad could not see it from where he was standing. I didn’t run over the drum but ran against it. How did I know dad was upset? I heard him in no questionable terms. Dad pretty well let his feeling be known in words that are not printable. Once on a vacation trip my granddaughter wanted me to taste one of those jelly bean type candies, I did and it was horrible. She laughed and told me the flavor was earwax and dirt. I certainly had no doubt as to what it tasted like.

I have used the above examples to illustrate the way we identify something. These 5 senses leave little doubt that what we hear, see, smell, taste, and touch are real.  But there is something in this life that a lot of people have and it can’t be detected by one of these senses: Faith.

Faith as used in the New Testament is defined as “firm persuasion,” a conviction based upon hearing. We read in the Scriptures things that are true.  We cannot determine this  by the 5 senses.  How do we determine it is true?  We read in Romans 10:17, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” When read, God’s word produces a firm persuasion and a conviction in our heart based on the Word. For the best definition of Faith notice Hebrews 11:1 says faith is the substance or assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. In this verse, which is the only definition of faith revealed in the Scriptures, the root word from which “substance” is translated means “ that which becomes a foundation for another thing to stand on.” In the last part of the verse the root word from which we translate “evidence” signifies a “conviction” in the mind by the substance as hearing reveals it. This faith is the evidence that it is and cannot but be so. We cannot see it, otherwise it would not be faith. As 2 Corinthians 5:7 says, ”We walk by faith and not by sight.” If we could prove by the 5 senses that faith existed then we would be walking by sight and not by faith.

But some have doubts about what the Scriptures reveal. There are certain  things I don’t understand and can’t explain other than that is the way God accomplishes His purpose. His thoughts are so far above ours and His ways past finding out. But doubts and not understanding are completely different. One may believe that God raised Jesus from the dead on the 3rd day, and that Jesus was born of the virgin Mary and yet have doubts what God said happened in other instances. My question is “How do you determine which to believe and which to doubt?” We cannot say one miraculous event is believable and another we doubt.  Doesn’t this show a lack of faith on our part of believing God accomplishes things in his own way?

Consider when Jesus told Peter to come to him from the boat in Matthew 14:31. Peter walked on the water but when he looked around he started to sink. Jesus extended his hand said, “O you of little faith why did you doubt?” The context of James 1:6-8 certainly applies here. The one doubting is described in verse 7 – 8. Let us accept the fact that there are some things God has done. The way He accomplished his purpose we may not understand. But not understanding and doubting what God says and the way He has done things are totally different. May we pray to understand as we increase our faith and not doubt what is revealed in Scripture.

-Jimmy Frasier

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2 Responses to “Doubt is Different from Not Understanding God’s Plan”

  1. Kevin on May 21st, 2012 8:40 am

    I am new to my full belief in God and feel completely unworthy of all the wonderful things God has done for me. I wish I understood what God has planned for me so that I may do God proud. Maybe I don’t understand how this all works as I believe that everything happens for a reason and I have to be more aware of everything going on around me and make sense out of all of it. I am not sure that I am making sense of everything that I should.

  2. JImmy Frasier on May 22nd, 2012 5:02 pm

    Kevin: I am grateful for the comments and knowing that someone is looking at the web site contents, Many years age I was involved in another faith and listing to the preacher obeyed the gospel and was immeresed in water obeying the gospel as far as I understood it. I felt very good and completely satisified. Later in life I was invited by a very good friend to go with him to a gospel meeting. I went and before the visiting preacher began his lesson he said,” I want you to listen and if I preach something that is not the truth please tell and show me where I am wrong by the Bible and I will correct it and ask you to forgive me for I want to preach the truth from God’s word”, I had never heard that from any preacher at any time within the faith that myself and all of my family on my mother’s side held to.
    Kevin at that time I said within myself maybe there is something else in this faith I am in that is not as the Bible indicates. So I began to read and study the Scriptures and learn that in Eph. 4: 4,5 there is one faith and not numerous faiths that was available to persons at that time. Same Scripture says one baptism and that is immersion as Rom.6:3-4 I is a burial and the person is raised to walk in a new life.
    Kevin I say these things to show the need to read and srudy the word ourselves and see what it says to us, You said you wished you knew the things God has planned for you but we can’t know the mind of God 1 cor.2:16. But we have the Bible as the recipe for eternal life, the guide to heaven. We have nothing that is inspired but the Bible and that is all we need to know all God intended for us to know about Him and the church Jesus the Christ established Matt.16:18.
    O yes Kevin everything happens for a reason but it happens in Gods time frame and not according to our thinking in this short life we have been blessed with, Read the Word, Prove all things and hold fast to that which is good 1Thes.5:19
    Serving our Lord Jimmy in Tennessee

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