Jon Bloom did a service for everyone who experiences a crisis of faith in writing his most recent blog posting. I’ve worked with him either as a volunteer or as an employee for seven years and I can’t remember how often he’s reminded me to trust God’s promises over my perceptions. It is always good advice.
In his blog posting last Friday, When You’re in a Spiritual Storm, Trust Your Instruments, he tells his own story of a season of doubt. But unlike my own experience of running away from God and the people of God, Jon persevered:
So I continued devotional Bible reading, prayer, church and small group attendance. I opened my heart to trusted friends and mentors and sought counsel. I remember John Piper saying to me: “Jon, the rock of truth under your feet will not long feel like sand.” When he said it, my thought was, “I hope you’re right, but I doubt you are.”
My doubts proved wrong. After a long season of darkness, God pierced the clouds with his light.
None of us can know when our particular season of darkness will end, nor can we guarantee that it won’t return for a time. Our doubts about God’s goodness do not change the fact that God is good, nor do they change God’s ability to keep every promise he has made.
Read Jon Bloom’s blog posting and be encouraged. And if you need to dig deeper, Pastor John wrote a helpful short book, When the Darkness Will Not Lift, which is available as a free download. It is good to persevere in trust, as Jon closed his blog post:
If you or a loved one is flying in a storm and despairing, remember your own perceptions, as real as they feel, are not reliable. As one who has tested them in a number of storms I can say with confidence: fly by the instruments God has provided you. They will not prove faulty.