Clarify the object of your faith. I have that jotted down here, too. Who’s the object of your faith? It’s got to be Jesus.
Leave The Island
Oh, this is a funny one here. Leave the island. Did you ever watch “Gilligan’s Island” growing up? Man, that show messed me up. That’s a frustrating show. Here the professor could make radios out of coconuts, but they couldn’t figure out how to make a boat to get them off the island.
A lot of people, when we doubt, we’ll keep it secret. We want to be on Gilligan’s Island just hanging out with Skipper, Gilligan, Mary Ann, Ginger, Lovey and Mr. Howell on Gilligan’s Island. We think, “I’d better not share my doubts, because they might think I’m not a believer. And I feel all this guilt and shame because I doubt. Maybe I am an unbeliever. I doubt. So I guess I don’t believe.”
Don’t do that. Leave Gilligan’s Island and doubt in community. That’s what the local church is all about. If you’re truly seeking, say, “God, reveal yourself to me.” I’m telling you, he will do it.
Talk To Yourself
Here’s something else to do. Talk to yourself. I love New York City. And last year I went to New York and saw some crazy people up there in New York. I’ve seen people walk the streets of New York and they just talk to themselves. You see them just carrying on a conversation walking around talking to themselves.
I’m not talking about that. Not crazy talk. You see, I can get dominated by doubt when I listen to Ed. When I just listen. Because I’m a sinner, I have a sin nature and I tell myself some stupid stuff that causes me to doubt. “Maybe doubt is unbelief and I don’t know.”