Years ago I was sitting with one of our students at a coffee shop when she handed me a sheet of paper. She looked at me sheepishly and was preparing for my reaction to what I read. You see, this piece of paper contained a list. It was a list of all of her doubts about God. She wasn't sure what I would say or what I would do but she trusted me enough to be real. What transpired was a season of genuine conversations based on her uncertainty about this faith endeavor.
I love those conversations. Honestly, I would take a hundred of those conversations over preaching once on a Sunday. I love the dialogue. I love the honesty. I love the authenticity. It makes me feel like I am not the only one who has struggled.
Somewhere along the road we were convinced that doubt was a bad thing. I am not sure when it happened or even how it was communicated but I was not allowed to ask my questions. I was not free to ask why? Yet, in scripture we see struggle. We see doubt and fear that actually connects us with the stories of scripture far better than thinking we are supposed to be perfect all the time.
Last week we talked about the amazing John the Baptist and how his life pointed to Jesus. This week we get to see a different side. A side of doubt, fear, and frustration. Yet still, He is Greater than those things. He is unafraid of those things. In fact, it might be those very things that shape our faith the most.