Is it okay to doubt God? That’s a question many people wonder about… especially because everyone doubts God at one point or another. We struggle as humans to completely trust anyone, including God. At times we’re not sure God really is watching out for our best interest. At other times, life is falling apart and we don’t really think God is near or that God cares. At other times, we think God is trying to trick us. At other times, we don’t think God will really judge us, so we decide to sin. We wonder why God allows sickness and tragedy. We wonder why he seems to put up with evil. We are disappointed that God doesn’t seem more present or real to us. At other times we wonder if God is really at work in all these bumbling Christians that we know. I think that everyone, no matter what the strength of the relationship with God is, struggles with doubt.
But is that okay?
It’s interesting that the Psalms are filled with doubt. Cries of bewilderment and despair echo through the Psalms. Elsewhere in the Bible, "heroes" of faith appear to have serious trust issues. Gideon, for one, is a pessimist when it comes to God being active in his life. Peter and the disciples fail miserably on a few occasions. Martha was disappointed that Jesus didn’t arrive in time to keep Lazarus from dying. Doubt is expressed frequently even within the pages of the Bible.
But is it okay to doubt God?
In a moment of pain, is it okay to doubt? In a moment of sin, is it okay to doubt? In a prolonged illness, is it okay to doubt? In the routine of everyday, is it okay to doubt God’s dynamic activity?
Or are we missing something?