Leaving Room for Doubt

We have been going through the book Steps to Christ at prayer meeting in Pulaski. Yesterday we covered the chapter "What To Do With Doubt." There was a statement near the beginning of that chapter that really stood out to me. In talking about God and believing everything He says, Ellen White wrote this, "Our faith must rest upon evidence, not demonstration. Those who wish to doubt will have opportunity; while those who really desire to know the truth will find plenty of evidence on which to rest their faith." In other words, God leaves room for us to doubt! He doesn't supply all the answers in this life. But this is why we have to have faith! In fact, in order for faith to exist, there must be room for doubt. We can't have all the answers.

The definition of faith is found in Hebrews chapter eleven: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). According to that definition, faith cannot exist unless the things are hoped for or not seen. I host a weekly radio program here in Lawrenceburg entitled Stories of Faith and Hope. In it, I try to interview people who have inspiring stories in which they had faith that can convey faith and hope to the listeners. Last week we were finally able to launch it as a weekly podcast also. Through all of this I've discovered that everyone has a story and that anyone can choose to have faith, no matter the circumstances. We don't have all the answers here on earth, but that's alright. Faith couldn't exist if we did.