What Stands Between You and Belief?

Belief is a struggle for many people. The faithful and non-faithful alike struggle with belief, perhaps occasionally or maybe on a regular basis. So what is it that stands between you and belief?

The 24th chapter of Luke has at least five teachings about overcoming disbelief. The chapter centers around that Third Day, Resurrection Day, the day that followed the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. Luke 24 says that, early in the morning the women went to the tomb to prepare the body of Jesus. They found the tomb open, the stone rolled away, plus a missing corpse! It was a moment of astonishment and confusion as shown in verses 1-6.

Confusion is one factor that can stand between us and belief. Sometimes things just don’t make sense. Such was the case that morning in their tomb experience. These devoted follower experienced confusion- which challenged their belief.

Their confusion is understandable. They did did not expect Jesus to die. They did not expect Him to die the disgraceful death of crucifixion. They did not expect the tomb to be open. They did not expect Him to be absent from the tomb. They did not expect Jesus to have been resurrected.

What did they do about it? First, and perhaps most importantly, they did not wallow in confusion. Each character in Luke 24 experienced confusion. Each character faced their confusion. Each character worked their way through confusion. Each character went from confusion to faith. Each one went from confused devotees to spiritual giants!

Confusion cannot be avoided in matters of faith. We cannot and do not understand every element of the faith we embrace. We do not understand everything we believe about the Person of Jesus and never will. Even so, we trust and we believe.

These in Luke 24 sought to resolve their confusion! They were not content to remain confused. What do you do in times of confusion?

When we are confused and lack the wisdom needed to support our faith we should remember James 1:5 which says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach and it will be given to him.” Why wisdom? Because wisdom is broader than knowledge. Wisdom is the application of knowledge. Wisdom is the ability to apply knowledge for it’s highest and most beneficial outcome. Wisdom comes from above.

Additionally, since faith comes from above, let’s understand the source of confusion. 1 Corinthians 14:33a helps us immensely at this point where we read, “For God is not the author of confusion…” Satan desires, propogates, and fuels confusion. The last thing he wants for you is to be at peace in matters of faith. He is the troubler of belief.

Confusion can be resolved today just as it was for the characters of Luke 24. God will help any one of us with confusion as He did each of them. God desires to bring us to a place of confident faith. Satan will pummel you with doubts and confusion. God will walk you through the darkness of confusion and into His light when we ask Him to.

Do not let your own confusion defeat you in your battle for belief.

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About tcbo

Tobey Pitman is a retired career missionary. He is currently serving as a Pastor in Greater New Orleans along the northern rim of Lake Pontchartrain. Tobey currently assists churches to understand the needs of their community and to develop ministries that specifically touch local needs. Tobey is a CISM-trained and certified chaplain serving as a volunteer Chaplain for his local community hospital and local police department. He is appointed as the Faith-based Liaison of the St. Tammany Parish Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC) and formerly the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Additionally he serves as a Chaplain for the Coroner's Office in St. Tammany Parish. In these roles, he assists in emergency planning and response implementation by directing faith resources into areas of local need during times of emergency and personal trauma. Tobey also served as a ministry strategist for the Northshore Baptist Association from 2010 to 2016. Prior to his service with NSBA, Tobey served for 32 years with the Home Mission Board/North American Mission Board. He worked in Downtown New Orleans and served the broad range of needs that existed among the homeless and addicted people living on the streets of the French Quarter, the CBD, and Downtown New Orleans. This ministry included directing the largest homeless shelter in Louisiana with a capacity of 250. The Brantley Center also offered many kinds of compassion ministries that touched physical needs and provided an average of 600 meals per day. The ministries of the Center included an intensive, long-term therapeutic community for men and women who desired to break free from addictive and debilitating lifestyles. He also developed a church for homeless people called Second Chance Fellowship. Tobey is a native Texan. He is a graduate of Howard Payne University and has earned masters and doctoral degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Tobey is married to Cathy. They have two sons, two daughters through marriage and six grandchildren.
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