Q: My wife is a devoted Adventist. But as much as she uses the Bible to convince me, I always have trouble accepting. When I attend church, the Word is powerful. But I don’t see people being transformed. They continue in worldly lusts, aren’t trustworthy, and have no love. It makes me wonder if this is the right ship. Please help me see the light beyond any doubt so my soul can be free. — Felix Z., from Zimbabwe
A: Felix, Jesus says: “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32, NKJV). And in James we are given the promise that “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind” (James 1:5-6).
It’s good that you are searching for truth, and the Bible promises two things: His truth is found in His Word; and if you ask in faith for wisdom, you will receive it.
Notice that it doesn’t say you will find the truth by looking at other people. In fact, Hebrews 12 encourages us to look “unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (vs. 2). The reason for this is that others will disappoint and fail us — we are all sinners in need of a Savior.
While it can be disconcerting to see disappointments within the church, our faith needs to be based on God and His Word — the Bible. You can pray for the individuals that concern you. You can talk with the pastor about your concerns. But more important than seeing if others are displaying the fruits of the Spirit is to make sure that we are connected to God and that His fruits are evident in us.