Doubt III

At different times during my life, I’ve experienced periods of doubt. While attending a Jewish university, for example, I recall my struggle with the basis of authority for my faith. “Given that you’re a Christian, that might be expected,” you’d say. True enough, but the specific struggle I encountered focused on the difference between how I’d been trained (with authority in the Scriptures) and how people in my new environment grounded its authority (in the Jewish Community). As a result my colleagues could entertain very negative views of Scripture without conflict, but I couldn’t. That sent me scrambling for a deeper foundation.

In a course on Job at that school, I also found the book excited me. That began a lifelong love which has led to a desire to write a book, based on Job, to help people recover from significant loss. I discovered Job’s doubts about God’s goodness faded as he grappled with the new perspective on his suffering God revealed.

In order to find answers to my questions, I returned to study for a summer at my Christian college, and and, when I began study at seminary, I found a renewed authority in God’s word. My preaching class forced me to rethink my doubts: if the Scripture wasn’t God’s word, what did I have to preach?

At times, doubts still come. That’s part of being a thinking person God created. What doubts do you entertain? How will you resolve them?

About Grose

Gordon Grose loves most to write, speak, and preach on the message of hope from the book of Job. Using drama, video, and PowerPoint, he has preached and presented this message of hope to churches around the country. Grose pastored three congregations 25 years, then served 12 years as a pastoral counselor in a Portland, Oregon counseling clinic. He now serves with Good Samaritan Counseling Services, Beaverton, OR. A graduate of Wheaton College (IL), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Brandeis University, and Boston University, he comes from a rich and varied background in theological and counseling training. In 2015, Gordon published Tragedy Transformed: How Job's Recovery Can Provide Hope For Yours, a book about turning to Job for hope after tragedy. If you have experienced life challenges or personal tragedy, visit his Transforming Tragedy ( blog to learn more. provides a sample of Gordon's speaking as well as an opportunity to purchase copies of his book.
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