While traveling across the country this past summer, the kids and I drove through several thunderstorms. It didn’t take long to discover that our car tires were not in the best condition for driving in wet weather. I felt very unstable while driving. On more than one occasion our tires lost traction. I was on edge, to say the least. We made it safely to our destination; however, I am sure my fingerprints are still imprinted into the steering wheel to this day.
In the post, “Why Are We Doubting?” we looked at a few examples that could cause the doubt in our lives. Let’s look at how those times of doubting impacts our lives and prayers.
“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.”
How is Doubt Affecting Your Life?
When we start to doubt, we become insecure, unreliable, and erratic. Read James 1:6 again. Notice the verse states that those living in doubt are “tossed by the wind.” Our feelings are up one moment, and down the next. Just like my family driving through the bad weather, we lose traction and it is dangerous. We get thrown around, we become bruised and broken. Our focus moves to our circumstances, and away from the one who holds us.
There are going to be storms in this life, and some of them will be downright hard. That doesn’t mean that we have to let the storm beat us up and toss us around. There is an anchor, His name is Jesus, that holds us tight during a storm. Put your trust in Him and believe Him. We cannot afford to let doubt gain any ground, if we give it an inch, it will take a mile. If doubt isn’t already mixed in with unbelief, it will quickly lead you in that direction.
God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and He can do anything. Yet look what happens in Matthew 13:58 when the people did not believe. Jesus was teaching in His hometown of Nazareth. At first, the scripture says the people “were amazed.” However, their minds quickly changed and they became offended. The people did not believe Jesus or what He was saying. They doubted Him and His words, they questioned everything about Him. Look at the response the people received because of their unbelief.
“Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”
Their unbelief stopped Jesus. Could He have worked miracles among them? Of course He could have. Yet, because of their unbelief, He didn’t. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want any of my own doubts to stop anything that Christ wants to do in my life. Belief opens the door for God to work in our lives. It is like a light switch. The power is there, but we have to flip the switch. We have to move from doubt to belief. Flip the switch of belief on!
“You are My witnesses,” says the Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen, That you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me.”
God chose us to know, understand, and believe Him. We have a choice to make, plant a seed of doubt or plant a seed of faith. My hope is that you will be planting seeds of faith. Mark 9:23 tells us “all things are possible to him who believes.” Did you read that? All things.
Maybe you are in a place where you feel like your faith is wavering. You may already feel like you’re being tossed around. Perhaps you think that you do not have much faith to offer.
“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Faith as a grain of mustard seed…have you seen a mustard seed? They are tiny. What you have is enough. Give it to God and trust Him. Believe He can do something with it.
What has God promised you and you haven’t seen it come to pass yet? There is no room for doubt, believe!
“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”