The Joy of Being Troubled
by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
A couple of years ago I had a stretch of several months where I was troubled. I was haunted by the vague thought of “What if I have somehow missed the core of Christian faith? Was there something very obvious to others that I have somehow overlooked?”
On the heels of those questions memories of past sins, thoughts, and actions came flooding into my mind along with the whispers of “How could a true Christian do, or say, or think, something like that? You are an absolute hypocrite.” I could not shake the questions nor accusations.
I was at the same time reading The Pilgrim’s Progress again (I read it every few years). I came across a passage where Christian was experiencing exactly what I was wrestling with. Hopeful reminded Christian that those who belong to Christ are troubled from time to time by such thoughts and accusations from the evil one.
The fact that I am troubled is confirmation that I am a child of the King. People who are not heirs of the King are not even troubled by such. And with that, the joy returned, the doubts and fears left. You are an heir of the King today.