“I doubt it,” a phrase we have heard more than we care to count. It has become such a common phrase that we no longer notice the weight behind these words.
A simple definition of doubt is “hesitating to believe.” In order to banish (yes I really do mean casting it out completely!) the doubt in our lives, we need to discover where it originates in us.
Why do we doubt?
Take a few minutes to think about different situations in your life, both past and present. Really take a look and pinpoint why you are doubting. Why are you hesitating to believe?
Here are a few examples that may be causing the doubt in our lives:
1. We are human and we are imperfect, it is not in our fleshly nature to believe. We do not have to read past the Garden in Genesis, to see the enemy attacking man’s belief. Satan questions Eve, “Has God indeed said…?” and watch the doubt start to settle in. Distrust, fear, confusion, disbelief. Call it what you want, Eve hesitated to believe what God had told her. That moment of hesitation opened a door and allowed sin to enter in.
2. We did not receive an answer to our situation in the time frame that we thought we would. We live in a world where we want everything right this second. Really, we wanted it yesterday if we are honest about it. We do not like to wait for anything. God’s timing is best. He knows everything after all, so He sure knows the best timing for our needs. To find a free printable of 20 scriptures to encourage you while you wait, click HERE.
3. The outcome of our prayers and situations have not happened the way we thought they would. We did not get the outcome we were expecting. Life does not always turn out the way we expect it to. Maybe you feel like you received a “No” from God in your prayers, and you were expecting a “Yes.” When your prayers are not answered the way you thought they would be, head HERE to read the devotion “Mercies in Disguise.”
4. Our natural selves have a hard time believing what we cannot see. There is the old saying, “seeing is believing.” We want all the information we can get up front, and we want to see proof. We want to know all the facts as well as the answers to who, what, when, where, and why. However, this isn’t how faith works. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
5. Our relationship with Christ is not where it should be. This is a hard one to face sometimes. We trust people who are closest to us more than we do strangers. Are we spending time with the Lord like we should, or is He becoming a stranger? Don’t just draw check marks on your list of quiet time tasks. Spend some time getting to know your Savior. Draw closer to him, sit at his feet.
6. We get distracted. It is so easy to become a Martha in this world, that we forget about being a Mary once in a while. We start going over the lists of everything we need to do. We also take our eyes off of Jesus, and we start focusing on the problem. Yes, Peter stepped out of the boat, and he was brave for doing it. Then he took his eyes off Jesus and became fearful, he doubted, and he began to sink. Don’t be distracted by life’s waves, get your eyes back on your Savior.
7. Sometimes we think God has favorites. We believe that he will work things out for others, but He won’t do that for us. Acts 10:34 and Romans 2:11 both tell us that God doesn’t play favorites. What God does for one person He can do for everyone. When God answers prayers, the answers do not always “look” the same from person to person. He knows what we need and will answer in a way that is best for us.
8. Sometimes we are forgetful. We write in our prayer journals all the things we are thankful for, only to forget them the next time a situation arises in our life. We forget what we have already seen Jesus do. Get those lists of answered prayers back out, read through them. If you don’t have a list, there is no time like the present to start one.
It is okay to admit we have doubts, but we cannot continue to live in those doubts. Search your hearts and minds and find the root that is causing you to doubt. Pull that weed out and plant some faith! For a devotion on renewing your thoughts, read “Get Those Weeds Out” HERE.
Coming up next, “How is Doubt Affecting Your Life?”