Athens Review, Athens, Texas

January 24, 2014

... but some doubted

Column by Chad Wilson

Chad Wilson
The Athens Review

Athens — Imagine spending more than 25 years of your life learning a certain trade only to have the rug pulled out from underneath you in a single moment.

Imagine the sudden change was one that was never considered before and a road that was far less traveled.

After three years of devoting your entire existence to this new trade, this new way of life, the rug was pulled out from underneath you again.

A little unsettling don’t you think?

Unsure what to do, you go back to what you know. Back to the trade, the way of life, you knew the first 25 years.

But wait... that guy is back and now he wants me to follow him again.

Really?

I gave up everything I knew once, now you ask me to do it again. You left me once, won’t you do it again?

... but some doubted.

Jesus of Nazareth walked by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers fishing and called them to be his disciples.

In all, Jesus had 12 whom he pulled out of their normal life to become followers of him.

These followers left everything they knew to pick up the cause of this strange man who was doing things far different than everyone else in the land.

After three years of following this man, one of the disciples ditched the group while 11 remained faithful until the leader’s death.

Can you imagine the feeling of losing your leader after going through so much?

Peter could not handle it. He went back to fishing. It was what he knew best.

Here comes Jesus once again, this time he would only be there for a moment, but left a lasting impression on his followers.

Matthew 28 16-20 reads: “Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.  Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Known as the Great Commission, Jesus left the command for his 11 to spread the news he taught them during the three years of discipleship.

While Peter and the rest of the group had their doubts, Jesus had faith in his followers that they would carry out the mission.

His faith was rewarded as more than 2,000 years later the cause of Christ remains.

Do you have your doubts? I do.

My dad died on his 56th birthday. My cousin’s baby died the day she went into labor.

What is God doing? What is going on?

Why did he allow such things to happen to my family, to me?

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.,” Jeremiah 29:11-13.

God knows the plan and is willing to overcome our doubts as we submit to him and his will.

No, things do not always make since to us. Like Peter and the disciples, it is easy to doubt but God is still in control.

Peter had his doubts, but God’s plan was carried out through him and the disciples because they decided to follow his last command.

Despite your doubts, God can use you for great things according to his plan for your life.

Life does not always make since, but when you surrender to God he will direct your path - even if you doubt.

Hang in there, he has got a prosperous future for you!