Unbelief is something we need to overcome as we enter in to a relationship with Jesus. Some deal with it better than others, but it is something most will have to deal with at some point in their lives. As Luke 24 points out, many of Jesus’s own followers dealt with unbelief even after following Him in person and seeing His miracles. An important question to ask is, what is causing your doubt? As an unbeliever, is it doubt that Jesus is who He said He was or as a believer, is it doubt that there is no limit what God can do in your life? Often times, God meets you in your doubt. As you search the Scriptures, the Gospel can change you.
As an unbeliever, your doubt can come from anything. The resurrection and historical account of its claims is what separates the Truth of Christianity from any other religion. There have been many accounts documented from many different people in Scripture and in traditional historical references that saw Jesus after His death. These types of accounts accumulate to prove He died and resurrected. The validity of the Scriptures has no equal among it. If you are having unbelief, I would submit to you to do what the father in Mark 9:24 did. To cry out to Jesus and ask Him to help your unbelief. I think it’s interesting to see that even as this father was in front of Jesus, he had a small doubt in his heart. He wasn’t completely sure Jesus could heal his son. Jesus understands it is difficult at times to believe. His compassion for us draws us to Him to help our unbelief.
It is important to understand as a believer that doubt may come, but we must be ready when it does. A consistent relationship with Jesus strengthens our unbelief when it does come. If we are not consistently reading our bible or praying, it will be harder to fight unbelief. The disciples and other followers of Jesus in Luke 24 doubted that He would be raised from the dead. Otherwise they would have been by the tomb waiting for Him, not bringing burial spices. The belief of the people was that they had been defeated. But their relationship with Jesus brought to remembrance what He told them in person and through prophesy. When Jesus revealed Himself, they remembered and their unbelief left.
Everyone walks through seasons of little or great doubt. Searching the Scriptures will enhance your knowledge and belief in God. When your unbelief joins with the truth of the Gospel, it will change you. Your doubt will minimize and your faith will increase. A foundation in the Bible and in praying to God is what will help all fears and doubts when they come. Every time Jesus was tested in the Bible, He used Scripture as a defense, as a reminder of what the truth was. Whether you deal with doubt as a believer or unbeliever, I believe if you seek God in the midst of it He will be faithful to be found and meet your needs.
Faith is always strengthened when you are in a consistent local church environment and fellowship with other believers. Continue in your relationship with God by going to church and joining groups from church that teach the Bible. Let your faith be increased today and your doubt be driven out.
"for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control." - 2 Timothy 1:7
"and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly." - Romans 5:5-6
"Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” - Mark 9:24