Weekend Extra

Written by Bill Grandi on January 12th, 2019

It’s snowing to “beat the band” this morning. Our first significant snowfall this year, maybe in two. Meeting together in worship tomorrow is still up in the air, although I believe we will. I was looking forward to preaching this weekend on “My One Thing.” I still may but that largely depends on the snow and the roads. Lots of rural roads in Owen County. So I had a little extra time on my hands and decided to do this weekend extra.

Psalm 24:3-4 says, “Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.” Coming into God’s presence is not something to be taken lightly or flippantly. The holiness of God “demands” that I approach Him with reverence and awe. My hands, my heart, my speech and my very soul are to honor Him.

Another thought. One of the questions I’m often asked is this: is it wrong to have doubts? Or to put it another way: “Is doubt sinful?” I’ve told people it is not wrong to doubt as long as those doubts are honest and lead to seeking answers. Doubts because of culture/home life/friends say so is not honest.

G.C.Morgan once wrote: “Doubts are by no means sinful. The limitations of our finite minds must create problems for us at times. You get a perfect illustration of this in the prophecy of Habakkuk…He declared them to God, which proved his faith and gave God the opportunity to answer Him.”  (p.30)

I tell people if you have doubts take those doubts to God. Don’t pretend. Don’t act as though you don’t have them. He wants to hear from you. Honest doubts/honest questions get honest answers.


7 Comments so far ↓

  1. Our former pastor used to tell us the same thing about doubts – it was okay to have them, but to go to God with them honestly and openly.
    Stay safe in the storm, Bill! Blessings!

  2. Glynn says:

    We were having so much snow in St. Louis we decided to share.

  3. Ryan S says:

    I love that quote from Campbell… In recent years, I have struggled in a number of areas with doubt… but I always circle back to my finite mind will never fully comprehend an infinite God.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I thought Morgan’s quote was a good one. I’m glad I don’t have to see myself as trying to get out of answering hard questions for myself or others. My mind blows up.

  4. floyd samons says:

    Good advice, brother. “Help my unbelief”.

    It’s always been around…