We all have doubts and disappointments from time to time. They often come in the form of expectations that don't get met. People let us down and disappoint us and then we often doubt there love, friendship and dedication. Does that make sense? A boss does not come through on their promise. A teacher does not follow her syllabus. A preacher does not keep an appointment. A parent can't follow through on a commitment because of unforeseen issues. Disappointment follows, then along comes doubt.
Disappointment demands a change in command. When we don't agree with the One who calls the shots, our reaction is often the same as anybody's and that of John the Baptist's. "Is he the right one for this job?" Or, as John put it, "Are you the one? Should we look for another?"
A child who wants a big boy bed or a teen who wants that car. When they can't reason to get their way, they can't believe that you will not provide. From their vantage point, it would be the source of eternal bliss. A new car! A new bed! And from their vantage point, the one who could grant that bliss was "sitting on their hands."
We do the same thing with God. I can't believe that God would sit in silence while a missionary is kicked out of a foreign country or a Christian loses a promotion because of his beliefs or a faithful wife is abused by an unbelieving husband. These are just three of many items that have made their way onto our prayers from time to time that seem to have gone unanswered.
Rule of thumb: Clouds of doubt are created when the warm, moist air of our expectations meets the cold air of God's silence.
If you've heard the silence of God, if you've been left standing in the dungeon of doubt... you may learn, as John did, that the problem is not as much in God's silence as it is in your ability to hear.
(Parts of this are adapted from Max Lucado "The Applause of Heaven"
In His Hands,
John - HE>i