The nation of Israel had been in the Judean desert wilderness for forty years. A whole generation had died and the new one needed it's own faith. They hadn't seen the miracles at the Exodus, the ten plagues in Egypt, the locusts or the crossing of the Red Sea. In the same way today, there are no spiritual grandchildren. Each individual person needs his or her own Christian faith and also their own doubts. Being uncertain about something, to think that something may not possibly be true or just to have no confidence in an idea helps reinforce our faith in the long term.✞
The Ark of the Covenant for the people of Israel was the symbol of the presence of God. In a unique way, God's presence was revealed by a cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night. The people were therefore careful to keep their distance and respect God's dwelling place. Today, people do not usually reverence God. In our highly technological society many feeling that they are in charge of their own destiny. They imagine they have come of age and no longer need the so called crutch of a Supreme Being.✞
Yet Christian faith and doubt can be powerful tools in bringing us to know this Supreme Being. This is summed up in the old poem,
"Doubt sees the obstacles,
Faith sees the way.
Doubt sees the darkest night,
Faith sees the day!
Doubt dreads to take a step,
Faith sours on high.
Doubt questions 'Who believes?'
Faith answers 'I'"✞