The Crisis of Faith

Most Christians, as I can tell, go through a crisis of faith in their lives. By this, I simply mean a time in which they really question the reality of God or of His working in their lives. Sometimes it occurs when people are in their teens. At other times it occurs later in life. The result of these times is either an abandoning of the faith or a strengthened resolve to the realities of the faith.

The Biblical writers are no strangers to such feelings. More than a dozen times, we read the Psalmists expressing their doubts to the Lord saying, “How long?” (For example: Psalm 13:1, 2; 79:5; 94:3). Asaph chronicles his life by saying, “My feet came close to stumbling. My steps had almost slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant as I saw the prosperity of the wicked” (Psalm 73:2-3). Habakkuk said, “How long, O LORD, will I call for help and you will not hear?” (Habakkuk 1:2). Job said, “I cry out to You for help, but You do not answer me. I stand up, and you turn Your attention against me” (Job 30:20).

And yet, time after time, we can see the Biblical writers embracing again the God who they doubted. Asaph said, “I have made the Lord GOD my refuge” (Psalm 73:28). Habakkuk said, “I will exult in the LORD. I will rejoice in the God of my salvation” (Habakkuk 3:18). Job said, “I repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:6).

What turned these men from trouble to trust? More often than not, it was a glimpse of the power of God. God is righteous. God will judge. God will make all wrongs right. We just need to wait.

Such thoughts have helped many through their crisis of faith.