I was very interested to read in the press recently about the "crisis of faith" attributed to Mother Teresa. According to the story, a book will soon be released shedding some light on the "Saint of Calcutta" and sharing some of her writings that express doubts she had about God, answers to prayer, etc. There was great debate over whether it might cause people to see her in a different light.
It doesn't take much effort to open the Bible and read about great spiritual leaders, who in a moment or a season experienced upheavals as they walked with God. Let me share a few:
- Solomon: "So I hated life ... all of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind" (Ecclesiastes 2:17 NIV).
- Job: "My spirit is broken, my days are cut short" (Job 17:1 NIV).
- David: "Has his unfailing love vanished forever? Has his promise failed for all time?" (Psalm 77:8 NIV).
- Jesus: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46 NIV).
Having a crisis of faith? Don't know how to interpret the present circumstances you are wading through? Join the crowd! You now qualify for the crown of life given to those who persevere under trial. I'm just glad no one's got a copy of everything I've thought or written during those moments of despair. Oh, yeah—someone does: God! And He still calls me His son. Gotta love Him!
By: Glenn Burris Jr., general supervisor