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Devotion Text

Jude 1:22

And have mercy on those who doubt.

Is doubting a sin? Is wavering a sign of weakness? Does spiritual confusion call into question one’s spiritual commitment? Do we write off a person who has questions?  Is there room for doubters in the church? Is the church a safe place to ask questions?

Thomas followed Jesus for three years. He heard the Lord’s sermons, witnessed his miracles. He knew Jesus had predicted his death and promised his resurrection. But Thomas had a hard time getting over the cross. Even when the other disciples said that Jesus was alive, Thomas stuck by his skeptical guns. He said, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” Thomas lived with his doubt until Jesus appeared to the disciples. Jesus sought out the doubter and said, “Put your finger here and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Instead of scolding him for his doubt, Jesus mercifully showed him the truth.

Be merciful to those who doubt. That’s the instruction of Jude and the example of Jesus. Find the doubters. Seek out those wavering. Pursue those who are confused. Show them the truth with the same mercy Jesus showed to you.

Talking Points

  • Talk to your children about areas of doubt.
  • Ask God to give you the wisdom and discernment to study and present the answers in a gentle and compassionate way.

Father, may we be strong, passionate, vibrant followers of Jesus—tempered with mercy. Put doubters in our path. Help us mercifully point them to the truth. Give us patience when it takes more than half an hour! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

My Money: Making It Count

How’s your journey of discovery going? Have you found the meaning, joy, and assurance you’ve been searching for, or have detours left you lost and confused?

Ron Moore leads you onto the path that ends in transformation and joyful significance.

How’s your journey of discovery going? Have you found the meaning, joy, and assurance you’ve been searching for, or have detours left you lost and confused?

Ron Moore leads you onto the path that ends in transformation and joyful significance.

Devotion Text
 

Jude 1:22

Be merciful to those who doubt….

Is doubting a sin? Is wavering a sign of weakness? Does spiritual confusion call into question one’s spiritual commitment? Do we write off a person who has questions?  Is there room for doubters in the church? Is the church a safe place to ask questions?

Thomas followed Jesus for three years. He heard His sermons, watched His miracles, and walked beside Him on dusty roads. He heard Jesus predict His death and promise His resurrection. But Thomas had a hard time getting over the cross. Even when the other disciples said that Jesus was alive, Thomas stuck by his skeptical guns. He said, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” Thomas lived with his doubt until Jesus appeared to the disciples a week later. Jesus sought out the doubter and said, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Instead of scolding him for his doubt, Jesus mercifully showed him the truth.

Be merciful to those who doubt. That’s the instruction of Jude and the example of Jesus. Find the doubters. Seek out those wavering. Discover those who are confused. Show them the truth with the same mercy Jesus showed to you.

Father, may I be a strong, passionate, vibrant follower of Jesus—tempered with mercy. Put doubters in my path. Help me mercifully point them to the truth. Give me patience with their questions. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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The King’s Arrival

Psalms 107:39-43
Then their numbers decreased, and they were humbled by oppression, calamity and sorrow; he who pours contempt on nobles made them wander in a trackless waste. But he lifted the needy out of their affliction and increased their families like flocks. The upright see and rejoice, but all the wicked shut their mouths. Let the one who is wise heed these things and ponder the loving deeds of the LORD.

The work of the Lord is unmistakable. The land, sky, and sea proclaim His person and His power—and then it gets personal. God meets us right where we are and takes us to the place He wants us to be. He lifts “the needy out of their affliction.” He brings spiritual blessings.

Followers of God see His work and rejoice. They exalt the omniscient God for His intimate knowledge. They praise the eternal God for His intervention in time. They sing to the all-powerful God because of His deliverance. They contemplate the depths of God’s love.

But those who don’t follow God are confused. They have knowledge but lack wisdom. They have no mental compartment for the supernatural. They have no place in their hearts for the divine. When the wicked see the works of God they can only stand in silence.

Father, thank You for intervening in my life and allowing me to have a personal relationship with You. Thank You for Your love for me today and forever. May I live a life of true joy as I see You at work around me today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Where is God and what does He say to us when the ground shakes, the sea rises and economies falter?

To answer those questions, Ron Moore begins to explore a time of international crisis that’s captured in the Bible. Listen and find hope in the words God spoke to a confused and desperate people.

Psalm 44:9-16  

But now you have rejected and humbled us; you no longer go out with our armies. You made us retreat before the enemy, and our adversaries have plundered us. You gave us up to be devoured like sheep and have scattered us among the nations. You sold your people for a pittance, gaining nothing from their sale. You have made us a reproach to our neighbors, the scorn and derision of those around us. You have made us a byword among the nations; the peoples shake their heads at us. I live in disgrace all day long, and my face is covered with shame at the taunts of those who reproach and revile me, because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.

The heavenly Father has a way of getting our attention. Sometimes He humbles us. Sometimes we live in a confused state of defeat. A tough situation barges into our lives, seemingly out of the blue.

That’s what we read about in today’s passage. Israel had just suffered a devastating loss at the hands of an enemy. Now they “live in disgrace all day long” and their “face is covered with shame” as the enemy continues to taunt. And, we’ll see in tomorrow’s passage, they were certain this was not a self-inflicted consequence.

We don’t always know why tough times come. But God uses every one of them for His purposes. There are things He wants to teach us, areas in which we need to grow. He has our attention in hard times. That’s when He does His best teaching because we are doing our best listening.

Father, You have our attention. We are listening. Use today for Your purposes. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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