"Doubt: Trusting God's Promises" by Elyse Fitzpatrick
Do you struggle with doubt? You’re far from alone.
Thankfully, doubt isn’t necessarily the enemy of faith. It can be a friend, the advocate willing to pose difficult questions, thereby pushing us toward deeper levels of understanding and possibly even commitment. In this way, doubts evidence humility. They acknowledge our limitations, our need for additional perspective and insight - our need to look beyond ourselves for answers to life’s most profound questions. This is the essence, not enemy, of faith.
Sadly, some today equate sincere doubt with stubborn unbelief. Supposed heroes of faith are routinely portrayed as people without pause, people of unwavering convictions. Those confessing doubts are maligned as imperiled or even “backslidden.” It’s perhaps not surprising then that Christians often feel ashamed of their doubts. It’s also not surprising that those open to considering the verity and viability of Christianity can find the church and other forms of Christian community less-than-safe places to explore their doubts.
Into the shadows of this oft-cold dynamic, Elyse Fitzpatrick shines a bright and warm light. Doubt: Trusting God’s Promises is a gift to those struggling not only with particular doubts, but also the legitimacy of doubt in general. Her reassuring words, coupled with sound scriptural exposition, are both encouraging and empowering.
Designed as a 31-day devotional, Fitzpatrick works through six considerations. The first shows us that the Bible is full of doubters, not a cast of spiritually elite saints of granite-hard convictions. The second encourages an honest consideration of the evidence for God and his gracious offer of redemption. The third explores the true contours of saving faith, reassuring readers from Scripture that God’s people have always struggled with, and grown through, doubt. The fourth confronts the fearful roots often beneath our doubts. The fifth examines God’s sympathy and compassion toward us in times of trial and suffering, even when these compel us to question his goodness and work in our lives. Finally, the sixth is a charge toward hopeful courage not in our own faithfulness, but in the Object of our faith.
Anyone familiar with Fitzpatrick’s work knows that it is substantial and solid exegetically, but also presented compassionately. This contribution is no different. It’s an excellent resource for anyone, from the curious to the committed, wanting to discover or deepen their relationship with God, even through honest doubts.
You can purchase Doubt: Trusting God’s Promises here.