Awaiting the arrival of a new baby can be… challenging, hopeful, trying, apprehensive, and joyful, all rolled up into one. This week my wife and I are attempting to patiently wait for the next wonderful blessing to arrive. As we wait, I am reminded of a lesson I learned over the past few years.
In 2014, I purposed to read through the book of Psalms in the Bible. At that time I had never read the entire book, but I wanted to be able to say that I had completed it. After several weeks of reading, I finished reading all the Psalms. I was blown away by what I found! One of the primary themes that I came away with was the “unfailing love” of God.
One of the Psalms that sums this message up so well is Psalm 136. Each verse in this chapter gives a statement and then echoes the refrain: “His faithful love endures forever.” This message has permeated my heart over time, but I sometimes have difficulty comprehending its magnitude. In those moments I am tempted to doubt God’s faithfulness.
As we wait for the new baby’s arrival, I reviewed three foundations I stand on when doubt arises.
- I am convinced He is a good father. The Bible talks about God over and over again as Father. This can be difficult because earthly fathers are not always good representations of God as a father. Orphans No More by Dudley Hall is an excellent resource if you struggle with this issue.
- I believe God uses the things that happen to me to change me for the better. Circumstances I encounter here on earth help discipline me through shaping my character. Several years ago I was challenged to step out in faith and work as a salesman on straight commission. I thought it was the right decision, but I remember feeling like clay in the potter’s hands. The experience was extremely challenging yet absolutely necessary to grow who I was as a person.
- I remember to begin with the end in mind. It is my personal conviction that part of me will live on forever. Beyond the brokenness of this world, lies a place that God has prepared for those who believe in His message. With my life, I have the opportunity to share the ways God has impacted me. I take action now in hopes that my contributions will make a difference long after I am gone.
Doubt and anxiety are always crouching at the door to my thoughts, especially in times of waiting. I regularly have to recall these foundations to stand firm in my convictions. My hope is that they will also be a reminder to you of the “unfailing love” of God.
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