If I had a dollar every time I doubted God I would be one rich woman. Doubt creeps its way into my mind after I feel God nudging me to do something, and riding alongside it – a number of questions.
“God, did I hear you right?”
“This can’t be what you want … or is it?”
“How is ‘this’ supposed to happen when everything around it says unlikely?”
I doubt. I question. I’m reassured. And then somewhere along the way the cycle repeats itself.
This is what doubt does: it raises questions with a shaking head that declares unfeasible, and all the while a pointed finger says – impossible.
My guess is I’m not alone when I doubt God. And I do wonder if there is something in your life that you may have doubts about, something that you feel God has led you to, but you haven’t quite visibly seen it go anywhere. Perhaps a step you feel God is asking you to take, but you’re not 100 percent sure you’ve heard correctly. Or maybe, you simply question His goodness. If I could offer you some words of encouragement, this is what I would say, “Use doubt as an invitation to deeper faith.”
Doubt Calls Us Deeper
If we scoured the Bible we would find that with each story of doubt, there’s a common theme: it’s one of God calling someone to have more faith. My amazing, lovely mentor said it perfectly this past Sunday with these words, “Doubt calls us deeper in faith and trust.”
In what ways may God be calling you deeper?
When God told Abraham and Sarah that she would give birth despite her old age, they doubted. She was decades past childbirth age, yet through it all, God asked them to trust Him to do the impossible.
Despite God’s proven track record of leading the Israelites out of Egypt and parting the Red Sea, they doubted. God called on them to believe that He could provide for them when all appeared hopeless, but time and time again their wavering faith was a hindrance during their journey.
Doubt shouldn’t be a hindrance to us; it should be a springboard that launches us to deeper faith. It’s there where we can use it to stretch our roots even further into the solid ground on which we stand.
Doubt can do two things: It can feed our faith, or it can stunt our growth. I think it’s safe to say we all want the former.
Feed Your Faith
How exactly do you feed your faith? You feed on His faithfulness.
You dwell on His promises that prove Him worthy to be trusted. You remember how He’s never failed you. You open your Bible and allow it to nourish your soul.
And despite questioning God’s nudges, you continue moving forward into what He’s asked of you.
We can use our uncertainty to redirect our focus to the One above. The One who dispels doubt. Because that’s what God does, He dispels our doubts by proving His faithfulness. He did so with Abraham and Sarah when she gave birth at 90-years-old, He did so with the Israelites by guiding them and providing food for them day in and day out. He did so and He does so.
Dare we make it easier on ourselves by not letting doubt control our minds and instead stand firm in our faith?
Friend, whatever challenges you may be facing I hope you use it to draw closer to God. If we’re being honest with each other, there are probably some good reasons you’re doubting, but there are even better reasons not to. This is God calling you to trust Him even more. This is a chance for you to grow further in your faith by believing without seeing. This is an invitation to something far greater.
Forgive me for the doubts that run through my mind. Use them to grow my faith so I can watch You defeat them with Your faithfulness. May I learn to turn my questions into statements of faith and my doubts into declarations of Your goodness.
In Jesus’ name, amen.