Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 NLT
Does doubt ever sneak up behind you and slap you in the back of the head like it does me? I find myself doubting the very words the Lord Himself gave me or even questioning the written Word of God. Its times like this that the Rebel against the kingdom of darkness rises up within and I have to scream, “Doubt BE GONE!!”
But why does doubt come into our lives? Because circumstances in our natural realm are manifesting itself different than what the Bible says? Maybe we have waited long enough and the thing we were praying for never happened…yet…the way we expected it? There could be a number of reasons why doubt creeps in or sneaks up from behind or comes blatantly in your face.
I “know that in all things God works for the good for those who love him,” (Rom 8:28) so even doubt must have a purpose for the good in my life. We can’t control the way doubt comes but we have a choice whether or not to dwell on and believe in it. Our faith grows when we tackle and overcome the doubt that comes knocking. The greater the doubt, the greater our faith grows. I have learned that when I have great waves of overwhelming doubt, that is when my faith grows by leaps and bounds. It’s like a seed planted in the ground then fertilized with manure. It stinks but helps the seed to germinate. We have a seed of faith that the Lord planted in our hearts, the doubt fertilizes it and causes it to sprout and grow strong. Great Doubt=Great Faith!
Don’t fear doubt, because it will inevitably come. It is something God allows in our path to increase our faith. Keep on the steady road walking by faith not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7)!
Help me, Lord, to turn the doubt that comes in my life into a catalyst that feeds great faith!