I have a huge fascination with Jonathan Edwards. There are several reasons why I am fascinated by this man. First, I am named after him, so it only follows that I should learn about the man well to see why I was named after him! Second, he was a spark to the fire that spread in the early church of America. Third, his love and passion for glorifying God in all he did were evident. He made for himself 70 some resolutions that were created to change how he lived in order to glorify God to the uttermost. It is his 25th resolution that interests me this day.
Resolved, to examine carefully, and constantly, what that one thing in me is, which causes me in the least to doubt of the love of God; and to direct all my forces against it.
Over the last few days, I have been pondering this very same subject. What is the one thing in me that causes me to doubt the love of God for me? Once I discover what that one thing is how do purge it from me? Doubting God is a serious sin. We make it into a small unimportant sin, but it really is a big problem. To doubt the God who made you for Himself, rescued you for Himself, and transforms you for Himself is a serious offense to Him. It is like you have received the best Christmas present and instead of thanking the giver you slap them in the face. Never should we doubt the love of God if we are in Christ Jesus. If God who did not spare His own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things (Rom. 8:32)?
Do not doubt the love that God has for you in Christ! If you do be like Jonathan Edwards and trace that doubt back to the root cause and direct all your forces against it! Rip it out like a weed growing in a magnificent flower garden, for it does not belong!
Look at what Paul writes in his letter to the Ephesians:
Ephesians 1:3–14 (ESV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
Do you really think that doubting the God who has blessed you in Christ with every spiritual blessing is wise? Will doubting the God who has adopted you into His family as children through Christ according to His own purpose bring you any joy? If Christ died for you in your place what is there to doubt about God’s love? He gave everything for you. Pluck out your doubt of God’s love for you and replace it with the truth of God’s Word. Stop yourself when you hear yourself say, “I know God loves me, but _____.” Look to Christ and His cross. See His love for you which casts out any doubt in your heart.