Seeing is Believing

by:  Will Outlaw, Crossroads Summer Staff

Doubt is something that almost every believer will face in his or her walk with Christ. Perhaps you doubt that His plan is best for you, or maybe you don’t quite trust that He gives you a way out of every temptation. Some of you might still doubt the existence of a God. Thankfully, our faith is entirely about the object, not the quantity or quality. It is not the strength of our faith that saves us, but the object of our faith.

Sinclair Ferguson said, “Dear doubting believer: the weakest faith gets the same strong Christ as does the strongest faith.” Take heart, because faith is not dependent on how much you believe, but whom you believe in. 

Many times in our life we tend to forget the miraculous things that happen to us everyday. If you think about just this past week, there is probably something that (if you think hard enough) could not be anything other than providential guidance. The enemy is capable of making the most faithful disciple question his own beliefs and he, if we are not careful, has the ability to cripple us in doubt and fear. It is important for us to remember all the times God has remained faithful to His promises to us so that we will not fall victim to Satan’s lies, no matter how well formed or convincing they may seem.

If we all took the time to think through our days, our minds may very well be opened up to the countless circumstances that God puts us in that are perfectly orchestrated to work for our good. Then, we are more able to feel as if He is in every bit of our lives. Church services and Bible studies should not the only times we feel like we are connecting with God, because the fact is, He is with us all the time and wants to speak to us and through us!

I have certainly had times in my life where I feel as if I know the plan I have for myself is better than what God has lined up for me, and I have had to remember that He is all knowing and that I am not. However, that doesn’t mean that I won’t doubt again. I know that I will, and I will have to remind myself of the very things I am writing at this moment. Thankfully, I am capable of seeing little things in my life that I am convinced cannot be coincidence or circumstantial, and I am grateful for that clarity. However, like all of us, I have to be careful not to forget these moments when I start looking “through a glass, darkly,” (1 Corinthians 13:12) again.

Thomas Carlyle said, “To us also, through every star, through every blade of grass, is not God made visible if we open our minds and our eyes.” I pray that God may reveal Himself clearly to all of us, and that we may remember this so that we will be able to overcome the inevitable occurrences of doubt that will unquestionably come again.

Aaron Weiss of the band mewithoutYou says it perfectly, “Blind as I’d become, I used to wonder where you are—these days I can’t find where you’re not.” I hope that we may all come to a place where we will be able to see Christ in every part of our lives, and that we may always trust in him. I hope that we will have faith that He is Lord of all even though we may doubt everything about Him at times. We can believe in Him because we CAN see Him.

“There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:4-6

About the Author:  William Outlaw is a second-year English student at the University of South Carolina. He is usually busy going to the comic book store, writing a paper, or being told how cool his last name is. He was a first-time staffer at Crossroads Summer Camp in 2015 and has come as a camper five times.