Colossians 1:24-2:7, 2 Timothy 1:8-10, 1 Corinthians 15:10, Isaiah 11:1-2
I’m cynical by nature, and I don’t like that about myself. I long for a simple and childlike faith. But, for as long as I can remember, I have wrestled with my faith. There are questions that, at times, I just can’t seem to shake. There are things of God that I have difficulty reconciling with the world I see around me. Doubts nag at me. Unbelief crouches at my doorstep. I am easily swayed by the teachings of this world, constantly reminded that I need God to give me grace to believe.
Lately, it feels like my doubts have rooted themselves more deeply than before. I was telling this to a friend the other day, as a confession of sorts and a request for prayer. He reminded me that, in seasons of doubt, the best thing I can do is to look intently at the personhood of Jesus. He suggested that focusing on Jesus—on who He is and what He did—would allow me to acknowledge my doubts without feeling the need to sort out every single question, because Jesus is sufficient. Faith in Jesus is sufficient.
In this text, we see Paul doing something similar with the people of Colossae and Laodicea. He writes to them with a deep love, struggling and toiling with all the energy Jesus has given him to be a servant of the church, “to make God’s message fully known” (Colossians 1:25). Paul warns that, like me, they are prone to be deluded by the plausible arguments of false teachers. And, like my friend, Paul confronts this tendency by pointing them back to Jesus, reminding them that “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Him” (Colossians 2:3).
We find comfort when we place our doubt next to the wisdom and knowledge of Christ. Because He Himself is wisdom and knowledge, faith in Jesus is sufficient when facing doubts, false teachers, and cultural norms that war against our faith. Faith in Jesus is sufficient because Jesus is sufficient.
Let us continue to live our lives in Christ and may we be deeply rooted and firmly built in Him, knowing He holds the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. May our faith be strengthened by what we have been taught by His Word and Spirit, and may we strenuously persevere with all the strength of Christ that so powerfully works in us.
written by Billy Jack Brawner