Cultivating Distrust in the Certainties of…

2 Nov

Justin Taylor posts this blogpost about the importance of cultivating distrust in the certainties of despair/depression. He quotes John Piper, who makes a very good point based on the life of William Cowper:

We all [must] fortify ourselves against the dark hours of depression by cultivating a deep distrust of the certainties of despair. Despair is relentless in the certainties of his pessimism. But we have seen that Cowper is not consistent. Some years after his absolute statements of being cut off from God, he is again expressing some hope in being heard. His certainties were not sureties. So it will always be with the deceptions of darkness. Let us now, while we have the light, cultivate distrust of the certainties of despair.

Though Justin Taylor (and John Piper) uses this to stress the importance of cultivating distrust in the certainties of despair/depression, I believe that the same could be said about doubt. Doubt is relentless in the certainties of his uncertainty. But for those who struggle with doubt, by God’s grace, there are moments of clarity in which the warmth of full assurance melts away the cold ice of doubt. It is not consistent. Therefore, “let us now, while we have light, cultivate distrust of the certainties of doubt.”

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