“How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? … I will sing to the Lord…” Only six verses in this short Psalm, yet an emotional road trip from feelings of God’s abandonment to feelings of confidence in His blessings. It is natural to doubt and question, yet our prayers that honestly bring such to God will most often lead us to an assurance of His bountiful love and blessing in our lives. How short would your psalm be these days? What would you need for God’s assurance? Hear our prayer Lord Jesus and lead us to song!
The Voice of a doubter. “How can I be sure of this?” Zechariah stands in a holy place, in the Presence of God and doubts the word of God in his life. Surely this is the apex of pride and distrust of God. Do you ever doubt the word of God in your life? Why do we seek assurances and what might this reveal about us? How does this story end (Luke 1:20, 67ff). – Father, may I be more inclined toward trust and obedience than my questions and my surety in life. Amen.
“Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Jesus does not scold Thomas. Instead he gives him the evidence he needs and gently invites him to believe. In response, Thomas speaks one of the greatest affirmations in Jesus ever recorded. How do we as leaders deal with those who doubt our plans and strategies for ministry and for change? What might Jesus’ dealing with Thomas teach us? It is easy to grow discouraged with those who don’t agree with me Lord. Teach me, by Your Spirit, to respond with patience and grace.