Lay Aside the Weight of Doubt

layasidedoubtmain"Do not disbelieve, but believe." (John 20:27)

In the race of faith that Jesus has called you to run (Hebrews 12:1), doubt is a weight you simply can't keep running with. You've got to drop it. Today.

But first, let me explain what I mean by doubt. Doubt is not synonymous with unbelief in the Bible -- at least not complete unbelief. The Jewish leaders who opposed Jesus were full unbelievers (John 10:26). But the man who cried out "I believe; help my unbelief" (Mark 9:24) was not a full unbeliever, but a doubter.

Peter gives us a picture of doubt when he walks on the water with Jesus and then begins to sink. Jesus says to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" (Matthew 14:31).

So doubt is not the complete absence of faith. It's faith laden with weights of unbelief, which threaten to sink us. This is why Jesus responded to doubters like the man in Mark 9 or Peter in the water or Thomas after the resurrection (John 20:27) with firm but gentle rebukes calling them to stop disbelieving, while issuing blistering rebukes to the Jewish leaders (Matthew 23:33).

Going back to the metaphor of Hebrews 12:1, are you running with the weights of doubt?

[Read the rest of the article at Desiring God.]