Some time ago, a friend confided in me about his doubt. It wasn’t doubt over his salvation. It was doubt concerning a call on his life.
I believe that every person who follows Jesus is called to purpose, and equipped for that purpose as we step out in obedient faith.
My friend heard a call. I remember when he came to me, excited about what he had experienced. He told me how he was listening to a song, and as clear as a bell, he “heard” God speak to him. He could not say if it was audible, but he emphatically believed that his mind “heard” God speak to him. He emphatically insisted that God called him to be a minister of some type. He didn’t know what kind of minister, but he heard God’s unmistakable call.
Several years later, after doing the bible college thing, and serving in various capacities in his church, he was feeling unfulfilled, as if he was not living out his call. Consequently, he began to have doubts about whether he had a call at all.
I’ve abbreviated the rendition of the passage below for brevity’s sake, but I think I’ve kept the spirit of the passage intact (you can hover over the reference at the end of the passage to see the full text).
12So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them… 13I think it is right to refresh your memory…, 14… 15And I will make every effort to see that… you will always… remember these things.
16We did not follow cleverly invented stories…, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17…the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” 18We ourselves heard this voice…
(2 Peter 1:12-16)
We are not first-hand witnesses of Jesus walking this earth as a man. But, we are first-hand witnesses to the work of The Comforter. The Holy Spirit has absolutely worked and spoken, and we’ve witnessed the miracles, we’ve experienced the grace, and we’ve heard God’s “voice.”
When the yeast of doubt somehow gets sprinkled into my life, I “remember when” – I remember those events when God spoke and acted so vividly and so unequivocally. There’s no telling (except when God chooses to reveal) why “desert” moments come into our lives, but I do know this: doubt fades when we “remember when.”
I walked my friend through a “remember when” experience and saw his doubt blown away like chaff.
Are you feeling doubt? Well, do you remember when…