Are You a Doubting Person?
Are you a doubting person? Doubt is a lack of confidence or assurance that God will keep His promises, and for the Christian it is a very dangerous attitude. Doubt is destructive and completely detrimental to any kind of relationship with God. I mean, if you don’t have confidence that God will keep His promises, what do you have?
Let’s get on the table some sample promises that God has made, so we can push our definition of doubt a little further:
- God has promised to provide for us. Philippians 4:19 says, “My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” “No, no—maybe God won’t provide for all of my needs. Maybe I’ll end up poor, and even destitute.” That’s doubt.
- God has promised to protect us. Isaiah 54:17 says, “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper . . . This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord.” “But maybe He won’t protect me,” you think. “Maybe something awful is going to happen.” That’s doubt, for sure.
- God has also promised to prosper us—though, as some are quick to add, that doesn’t necessarily mean financially. But Psalm 84:11 says, “No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Now either you believe that or you don’t.
All three of these promises, along with hundreds of others, are signed by God Himself. Christians are sometimes genuinely puzzled, asking, “Why do I find it so hard to trust God? God’s been faithful to me. God’s provided for me. He’s done a lot of good things in my life. Why does doubt come so easily?” Here are four reasons I’ve observed:
- Doubting is contagious. It’s easier to catch than the common cold. You’re kidding yourself if you think that you’ll come out O.K. when surrounded by people whose lives are filled with doubt.
- Doubting is passive. Faith requires action; doubting does not. Nobody ever wakes up in the morning and says, “I bet today’s going to be a great day for doubting. I’m going to doubt God all day today.” Doubting is what takes over when you do nothing.
- Doubting satisfies our tendency toward self-protection. Nobody likes to be wrong. “What if I step out in faith and trust God for great things, and then nothing happens? I’m going to look really dumb. It’s just easier not to trust God. I’ll just lower my expectations so I won’t be disappointed.” But you are disappointed, because of your doubt.
- Doubters are easier to find than friends of faith. How many real, genuine friends of faith do you have? I mean people who speak the Word of God into your life and fire you up spiritually. It’s absolutely critical that we cherish those people in our lives and develop those relationships. Friends of faith are gifts from the Lord.
So, where are you in all of this? Does doubting come easily to you? Maybe the answer is yes. Maybe the answer is sometimes. Maybe the answer is too often. In spiritual matters, doubting is death. Plain and simple.
Ask God to grow a heart of faith in you, because you can’t do it on your own. Remember that faith is a gift (Ephesians 2:8). Go to Him humbly as the disciples did and say, “Lord, increase my faith!” And do it today.