Do you ever have doubts? I know I do. I doubt my ability as a writer. I doubt my worth as a wife and mother. I doubt my testimony as a Christian. And the list goes on.
I don’t want to be a doubter, but sometimes those thoughts slip in and I dwell on them. It seems like someone is whispering in my ear, “You’re not good enough,” or “Who are you to do this?”
I realize this voice doesn’t come from God, but from Satan, the one who wants to lead us astray. I also know from scripture I am not alone. We are not alone.
“Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.” Matt. 28:16-17 (NKJV)
We read often about Thomas, who doubted Jesus’ resurrection. But we overlook this scripture showing more than one of then doubted, even when seeing Jesus in person after he’d risen from the grave. They couldn’t comprehend the sovereignty of God and His mighty power to overcome death.
Do we refuse to see the work God is doing in our lives when we have doubts? Do we not trust enough? Do we lack the faith to walk the path He’s put us on and believe in His grace and power?
“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.” Jas. 1:6 (NKJV)
What a picture this is. The waves of the sea tossing a boat to and fro depending on where the wind is blowing. This is what happens when we doubt. We are tossed from one emotion to the next without a strong foundation beneath us. Doubting is not beneficial to our spiritual health.
“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, 10 but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. 12 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” 2 Tim. 1:8-12
This passage from 2 Timothy is a favorite of mine. When those doubts come, and they always will, I can have the confidence that God is able. He is able to instill the abilities I need. He is able to give me worth despite my mistakes. He is able to use my meager testimony to His glory. Because I commit my life, my all, to Him.
Give everything you are to the Lord. He is worthy and will give you the confidence you need to overcome any doubts.