Doubting is a temptation every human being has to go through in order to overcome it. But, fortunately mankind is not alone; God and His word are available to everyone. Throughout history, the word of God has been called: “The Truth, the Light, and the Life”. It is a fact that doubt brings fear to a person when faith is absent. When a Christian person doubts his or her faith in God, or has doubts about a particular situation in life, the best thing to do is to look for help in God’s word. The Bible is a safe guide to trust in any circumstance that we may encounter.
The apostle John wrote his first letter around the year 95. In his letter, the disciple of Jesus wrote exclusively about faith in God and His love for all humanity. “This is the word which came to us from him, and which we give to you, that God is light, and in him there is nothing dark.” 1 John 1: 5-6. God gives light to those who ask Him for it. No interior darkness means: no doubt, no fear, and no hatred. Only faith, courage and love.
Love is the strongest feeling anyone can possess. “He who has love for his brother is in the light, and there is no cause of error in him. But he who has hate for his brother is in the dark, walking in the dark with no knowledge of where he is going, unable to see because of the dark.” 1 John 2: 10-12. Therefore, love is directly related to staying in the light and to having faith in Jesus; and hating one’s neighbor hardens the heart and keeps a soul unable to see clearly as a result of a loveless heart.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the signs that the things not seen are true. For by it our fathers had God’s approval. By faith it is clear to us that the order of events was fixed by the word of God, so that what is seen has not been made from things which only seem to be.” Hebrews 11: 1-4. These verses describe the essence of the faith that the children of God should have within themselves. Meditating on God’s acts of love for sinners, gives great consolation to a doubtful soul. When a person realizes the great sacrifice Jesus made for everyone, through His birth, life, and death, that person receives the grace of God and accepts His love. The virtue of faith is now in that person. A true Christian believer knows that his or her faith in Jesus Christ is an assurance of salvation.
In the book of Mathew it is written “Make a request, and it will be answered; what you are searching for, you will get; give the sign and the door will be open to you. Because to everyone who makes a request , it will be given; and he who is searching will get his desire, and to him who gives the sign, the door will be open.” Mathew 7:7-9. There is great consolation found in these verses to God’s children. It is confirmed that whatever is asked for, “will be given”; If trust is absolute when asking God for something,
Christians are told that their request will be granted. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why people who believe in God are more joyous than those who don’t. For God is a Father who gives His children what they ask for, if it is for the good of their soul.
The history of the Church teaches how the first Christians enjoyed a surpassing happiness, courage, peace, wisdom, charity and authentic love for one another and even for those who hated and persecuted them. These virtues are the result of giving completely oneself with trust to God. For God is the Almighty God and was capable of showing His great love for those who believed in Him, by speaking to His people since the time of Moses, and from there He kept giving enormous signs showing His mercy to the people. “And God said to him, I AM WHAT I AM, and he said, Say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.”Exodus 3: 14-15.
“When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and
the stars, which you have put in their places; what is man, that you keep him in mind? The son of man, that you take him into account?” Psalm 8: 3-5.
Acknowledging the power and love of God, and the littleness of a person created by God, brings abundant graces to the soul. On the contrary, an atheist’s disbelief in One God, leaves him or her with no hope for his or her soul. But, for Christians, Christ is the answer in difficulties and despair. “Anything which comes from God is able to overcome the world: and the power by which we have overcome the world is our faith. Who is able to overcome the world but the man who has faith that Jesus is the Son of God?” 1 John 5: 4-6.