Faith and Doubt [Hebrews 11:1 Devotional]

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How to Choose Between Faith and Doubt [Hebrews 11:1 Daily Devotional]

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

Hebrews 11:1

We usually mislabel faith as the opposite of doubt. We might ask, “How can someone have doubt if they have faith?” But the truth is, faith and doubt go hand-in-hand. In fact, the opposite of these two words is the same thing: knowledge. When we know something, we don’t need to have faith. If we know something, there’s no space for doubt. But when we don’t know something, we have the ability to choose between faith and doubt.

How to Choose Between Faith and Doubt

When you choose faith, you choose to have confidence in what you’ve heard rather than what you’ve seen. If you choose doubt, you choose to put confidence only in things you can see. I encourage you to have a balanced approach. Have faith in things unseen because there is a spiritual realm that’s invisible to the naked eye, but also be grounded by a healthy dose of doubt knowing that things are not always as they seem.

The best way to handle this distinction is through prayer. If you’re not sure about something, ask God about it. He may not answer like you want him to, but there will be a response of some kind.

If you’re looking for a more immediate and physical response, bring your doubts to a trusted friend, pastor, or therapist. A friend won’t be as well trained as a pastor or therapist to handle your faith or doubt, but they can be a valuable asset in your spiritual journey.

Prayer

Jesus, I thank you that I can have confidence in you. Help me to choose faith when it comes to things about you. I ask that you would help me to see past my doubts and see you working in my life. It’s in your name I pray, amen.

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