Have Our Minds Not Filled With Doubt on Occasion?
“...but I will not take my love from him, nor will I ever betray my faithfulness” (Psalm 89:33). This psalm is a deep lament raised by the people after the defeat of the Davidic king. This has placed a great doubt into their minds as the kingship line of David was promised to last, to be as enduring as the heavens. In their human way of thinking, this defeat calls into question God’s promise, so the community lifts up this ardent prayer asking God to be faithful to his original promise. Have our minds not filled with doubt on occasion? Have we not faltered in our faith because of some crisis, big or small, that did not resolve itself in the manner we desired, casting a shadow of doubt in our minds about God’s love and concern for us. We forget often that God’s ways are not our ways. Peter forgot this almost immediately after he had responded to Jesus’ question about who he was with, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:16) When Jesus then tells him that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders and be killed and on the third day rise again, Peter takes Jesus aside and begins to rebuke him saying, “God forbid, Lord.” To which Jesus responded by saying,”Get behind me Satan! You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” (Matthew 16:23) But just as true to our experience is the fact that God has shown us, in small ways and, if we are lucky, in very great ways, that he has been, and will always be faithful to us. His has never withdrawn his love from us. In my own life I can say that he has…
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