Get Rid of Doubt!

November 10, 2018 by Linawati Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)

“Everything is possible for one who believes.” (Mark 9:23, NIV)

On July 2nd, after completing education in China, Andrey returned to Indonesia. On July 8th, we met up at church. After the church’ service I asked him to take a picture together in order to send it to the blog of The Upper Room.

As usual, Andrey was excited when he knew the picture we were taking on that day was to be sent to The Upper Room. His excitement increased when I gave him a book as a gift. While we took the picture, he held the book. The book Andrey is holding in the picture is a book I wrote. Amazingly, it is not my first book, but my second. After my first book was published in December 2016, I start writing another book. Praise the Lord! My second book, entitled 6 Virus Berbahaya Yang Harus Diwaspadai Pemberita Firman, waspublished in April 2018. In English, the title means 6 Dangerous Viruses That God’s Word Deliverers Must Watch Out For. 

In Bethesda, when Jesus saw a man lying there and had been in this condition for a long time, Jesus asked him: “Do you want to get well?” I would expect the man to reply: “Yes, Lord, I do.” But instead of saying yes, he said: “Sir, I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” (See John. 5:1-9). I thought the man was similar to me. I longed to write books. But when God asked me to ‘do it now,’ instead of saying ‘I am ready,’ in doubt I said: “Am I talented enough? Am I dreaming too much?” Praise the Lord for sending Andrey to encourage me that I could do it.

Instead of answering with doubt, I would like to learn from the faith of the two blind men who were sitting by the roadside. When they heard Jesus was going by, they shouted: “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” Even though the crowd rebuked them, they never gave up, and they shouted even louder. Finally Jesus called to them and asked: “What do you want me to do for you?” Amazingly, they answered Jesus full of faith: “Lord, we want our sight.” Even though the request seem impossible, they still asked it because they knew that in front of them stood the God Almighty. (See Matthew 20:29-34). Today by the grace of God I have become a Christian writer. Besides writing for The Upper Room, I also write for many Indonesian daily devotionals. I thank God for the opportunity to become a writer.

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