It clouds our perspective and dampens the flame of faith.
Yet, it’s a common affliction, some of the greatest men of God struggled with it.
But Moses said before the Lord, “Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips, and how shall Pharaoh heed me?” Exodus 6:30 NKJV
Moses doubted God could use him since he was slow of speech.
Luke 7:20 KJV — When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
John the Baptist had a moment of doubt and sent his disciples to question Jesus if He was the One they were waiting for.
In both cases God helped each man to see past their doubt.
So the Lord said to Moses: “See, I have made you as God to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet. You shall speak all that I command you. And Aaron your brother shall tell Pharaoh to send the children of Israel out of his land.”
Exodus 7:1-2 NKJV
God sent Moses’s brother, Aaron, to share the task and the Bible records their faithfulness.
Then Moses and Aaron did so; just as the Lord commanded them, so they did.
Exodus 7:6 NKJV
The man God sent to prepare the way for the Messiah was encouraged through the testimony of his disciples, who saw the miracles and gave him the words of Jesus.
Luke 7:21-23NKJV — And that very hour He cured many of infirmities, afflictions, and evil spirits; and to many blind He gave sight. Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”
Thus, we should be prepared for doubt to cloud our perspective.
God gives us His Word to guide and direct, encourage and exhort.
2 Corinthians 10:5 NKJV — casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
Whenever doubt has engaged our thoughts, we have the ability to not only recognize this tactic of the enemy, but also the ability to replace those lies with truth.
Philippians 4:8 NKJV — Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
On a personal note: I’ve been down with a debilitating migraine for the past five days and can testify that if someone is going to get hit with doubt, seasons of physical pain are a ripe area for it. Yet, God’s truth prevailed through my days of suffering and doubt was obliterated in the words of God. Especially, when at my worst, I found comfort and courage through a recent truth: suffering is an opportunity to praise God.
If you, dear reader, are struggling with doubt, I’d encourage you to seek God’s truth in His Word. Fill your mind with the words of life, for truly there is no other way to be saved than through Jesus Christ.
Also, pray for God to bring you encouragement through others. After all, the Lord gave Moses his brother and John his disciples. God can use other godly people to testify to His truth and help carry the calling God has given.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your testimony which has been the gift of eternal life for generations. Thank You for how You bring us through the tests and trials of this journey, how You use these things in our lives for good. Lord Jesus, I praise Your holy name! You are great and greatly to be praised! Your ways are perfect and Your Word is true. Please continue to teach us how to defend ourselves from the attacks of the enemy. Please continue to walk us through each day allowing us to learn all the more how to totally surrender ourselves before You. Thank You for Your incredible love. May Your name be glorified throughout the whole earth. Amen.