The conflict between faith and doubt is the great reality of the time in which we live. Never before in human history has so much tragedy been witnessed in such vivid display to so many. News events are transmitted via cell phones worldwide as they happen — hurricanes, earthquakes, famine, sickness, murder, terrorism, and every imaginable evil. Even more disheartening are news reports filled with the hypocrisy of those who were supposed to be pillars of the community and faithful shepherds of the church—their crimes against the innocent have now been exposed and add an even greater burden to the weak in faith. At times like these, doubt can plague even the most earnest Christian.
Why does Faith Falter and how can we Increase our Faith to Withstand the Storms of Life?
To bring stability to our faith, we must first understand the root causes of doubt. There are at least five underlying conditions which undermine faith: 1. a lack of proper Scriptural understanding of prophetic events and the plan of God; 2. an overwhelming personal experience which is very difficult to endure; 3. a sense of helplessness when viewing the broad spectrum of trouble throughout the earth; 4. an underlying physical condition which exhausts our spiritual strength; and 5. repeated exposure to temptations which we permit to constantly plague us. To complicate matters, Satan and the fallen angels take advantage of these areas of our weakness, suggesting thoughts which make us question our faith even more. Ephesians 6:12 reminds us of
this: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”