Tag Archives: #trustinJesus

Facing our greatest threat

23 Oct

[This post is courtesy of Michael Kellahan, posted on The Southern Cross on the 11th July 2012.]

I’m preaching through Isaiah at the moment and have been struck afresh by the failure of God’s people to trust him. Instead, as passages like Isaiah 2:6-22 show, they seek to make themselves great without God. They bring in superstitions from the east, and pagan divination like the Philistines. They boast in their treasuries and chariots and go the way of idolatry.

It may seem strange that God’s people, who had experienced so many blessings from him in the past, and who are promised so much for the future, could look elsewhere to find security. Yet this is what they do. They ignore God’s calls for justice and make alliances with the nations around. The prophet rebukes them with a reminder of their mortality:

“Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils, Of what account is he?” (Isaiah 2:22).

Before we are too quick to condemn God’s people of old, it is worth meditating on how often we make precisely the same moves. Continue reading

The Doubting Christian

5 Oct

At some point every Christian has doubts.  “Is this all true?  Can I really trust the Bible?  Is Jesus really the only way?”  At some point we all have these questions.  And sometimes we can think that we are alone in those doubts.  We go to church where everyone else seems so certain and so we start to feel like a hypocrite.  “Maybe I am out of place here? Church seems to be a place for people with no doubts?”  When we start thinking this way we have to remind ourselves (and each other) that nothing could be further from the truth.  All Christians at some time are like the man in Mark 9 who says to Jesus, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”  Sadly, often those with doubts withdraw from fellowship, when in fact the best thing to do is to work through their issues with other Christians.

I have recently read a very helpful little book on just this issue called Keep the faith: Shift your thinking on doubt.  This is a not a book about what we call apologetics.  That is it doesn’t seek to answer all those questions people often ask, like:

Can we trust the Bible?

What about the pygmies?

Why does God allow suffering?

There are many other books that answer those questions.  Instead, this book is about how we deal with doubt.  It shows us that doubting is normal but that there are helpful and unhelpful ways to deal with it. In that sense, I have found this book incredibly helpful.

Why not have a read?  And in a little while I am thinking of hosting a group to talk through some of the things it says.  If you would like me to get you a copy email me at phil@snac.org.au.  Otherwise you could order a copy yourself:  Martin Ayers – “Keep the Faith: Shift your thinking on doubt”

Phil Colgan