Doubt no longer frightens me the way it once did. It will occasionally rear its ugly head, but I've learned to recognize its source and deal with it at the root. For me, it's often an emotional trigger: the pain of disappointment, the fear of rejection, the disillusionment of regret. Because I've done the legwork, though, trusting God and allowing him to work through my doubt has become second nature.
As leaders, we must remind our group members who are struggling that though they feel weak, God loves to use weakness as an opportunity for flourishing. We, like Paul, must learn to courageously submit our weaknesses to God who says, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9).
We recommend Is It Okay to Doubt?—a helpful Bible study you can use with group members who are doubting.
—Ann C. Sullivan is the author of Permission to Doubt and a speaker who is passionate about challenging and encouraging people in their faith.