“To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy — to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!” —Jude 24 – 25
Recently, my husband, Steve and I had the opportunity to spend our vacation in Costa Rica. The trip was amazing, but there is one day that particularly stands out in my memory. Steve and I traveled to a national park that had natural hot springs. After hiking in to where the hot springs were, we realized that we had to cross over a hanging bridge suspended high above a ravine to get to the springs.
A walk of faith
While my husband was excited, my enthusiasm tanked! I am not a fan of heights. That’s a nice way of saying heights terrify me! Immediately, I said to Steve, “I can’t!” Steve coaxed, begged and pleaded…and finally against my better judgment, I conceded. I cautiously climbed the steep stairs and took one step onto the bridge. Immediately doubt filled my heart. Was the bridge built securely? Could it hold our weight?
Steve kept coaching and somehow I made it to the middle of the bridge, but that’s when the wind began to blow and the bridge began to sway! I was quite sure I was going to pass out from fear. Steve kept coaching me to look into his eyes and take the next step. Finally I made it across the bridge, and there on the other side enjoyed the most beautiful and amazing hot springs. As I sat in those hot springs it hit me. The trek across the bridge was a lot like my faith walk!
Trusting in Jesus to carry us through
I trusted Jesus as my Savior as a tiny child but as an adult my dance with doubt began. When I looked back on my childhood and the sexual abuse I experienced, I began to doubt God’s goodness and love. My mind wondered, “God, why didn’t you step in and do something?” Yet, by faith, I took the next step on my journey of faith. Just as my doubt didn’t diminish the strength of that hanging bridge, my doubts about God’s goodness didn’t diminish the strength of His love, nor His ability to hold me secure.
Jude, the brother of James, ended his letter to the early church with praise to Jesus who is able to keep us from falling from faith and to present us faultless before God the Father (Jude 24). Let this encourage your heart today, the depth of your doubt doesn’t diminish the strength of God’s love for you. When it feels like doubt is crippling you, simply take the next step of faith.
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In what areas of your faith journey have you experienced doubt?