Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Tension Between Doubt and Faith, Part VII

Wrestling with God can feel like having a huge temper tantrum.  Other times it's like having a really long, hard cry.  Either way, when you've finished spending all of your energy kicking, screaming and howling, there comes a pause and a stillness.  This is mostly due to exhaustion, I think, but also to the fact that we have given full expression to all of our not-so-pretty emotions.  And in that calm, before the comfort, answers and reconciliation come, a choice must be made.

If doubt and faith co-exist as fellow travellers on the journey, if it's not "either... or" but "both... and", then in those times when doubt has taken the lead we can make one of two choices:  walk away from faith altogether, or push forward in perseverance, knowing that faith is not far behind.

"Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour". - Habakkuk 3:17-18

Did you notice the word "yet" in the above Scripture?  In the stillness after the long, hard cry...  remember that word.  "Yet" has to be one of the most hopeful words in the English language.

1 comment:

wakeupcowboys said...

I agree. I've done a lot of both, temper tantrum and long, hard crying...yet...