I wrote a post on Jeremiah 17:5. The post was about the difference between men who trust in God verses a man who does not. Trusting in God will help you to flourish and feel God's protection. While this is beautiful sentiment it does not help much when you are in the midst of struggling with doubt. I trust God but I still experience a lot anxiety about money, resentment against injustice and frustration with the lack of clarity of my purpose. Can you relate? Have you had moments in your life where you believe in God's existence but have a hard time praying or asking him for guidance because something you've experienced leaves you doubting His power, His grace, His goodness or even maybe His existence all together?
When we hold on, for dear life, to doctrines or belief systems that don't answer life questions it leaves us superficial, full of doubt or anger, and stuck with weak and unstable convictions. Romans 8: 28,"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose". Everything that we experience in life can become good and purposeful, even doubt or any emotion that we deem as negative. Doubt happens when we hit a wall, when something happens that our beliefs tell us was impossible. Let's say that you belief that God loves good people and will protect them from harm. What happens when someone you know and love is tragically killed? You hit a wall. You ask yourself if God protects every good person then there are only two choices: either that person was not good or God does not exist. People are meant to have experiences like these in order to grow in faith, wisdom and discernment. As people mature they gain a new perspective that will help them deal better handle new experciences. A new perspective comes when you allow yourself to doubt. Doubting leads to asking new questions. The answers don't always come right away but if you stay persistent you will find what you are looking for.
Can you think of a time when doubting something or someone has helped you?