Feelings of Doubt

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
— Romans 5:3-4

I read a story in one of my devotions about a man who had gone through a lot of difficulty in a short time.  His first trial was open heart surgery to repair a leaky vale.  Then a few weeks later, the doctors had to do the surgery again because of some complications.  The man was healing and doing well in physical therapy when he had a biking accident breaking his collarbone.  During his recovery time, his mother passed away and his heart was broken over his loss. 

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The story went on to tell how the man had become very discouraged.  During those dark months of discouragement, a friend asked him if he had seen God at work in any small way and the man honestly confessed no, that he really didn’t feel he had.

I think we all have experienced the feelings of doubt and discouragement in our lives.  I know I have!  Let me give you a simple version of what Paul was saying in our text, “We can rejoice when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.” 

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials
— James 1:2

Let me be very clear, that doesn’t mean we always feel the joy.  Many times, that joy comes later when we look back on a situation.  Then we see that our faith has grown through trials of discouragement and doubt.  Many times, joy comes after pouring out our heart to a friend.  When I’m going through those difficult times I find that it helps when I pray and read some of my favorite Psalms.

But what helps more than anything is knowing that God wants to use our difficulties to strengthen our faith.  The key is KNOWING!  You may be overwhelmed with doubt and discouragement right now, but JOY is on the way. Remember (know) God is doing a great work in you!  God Bless!!