Hello Hello again, Willing Spirits! This week has been a hectic one for me, wasn’t sure if I’d make the post on time but by the grace of God I’m here, we made it!
If God told you, in a dream, vision or however He may communicate with you, that COVID-19 was to vanish completely tomorrow, would you believe it? Or would you doubt to some degree? I’m pretty sure most of us, if not some, would automatically think about the probabilities and the facts that we know about the outbreak so far and think mmm really though? Jesus‘ Disciples found themselves in an even more ludicrous predicament. People had gone around saying Jesus had risen from the dead and His disciples did not believe. In fact, they thought the idea was so absurd they didn’t believe it was true even when He was standing right in front of them!
Jesus questioned the reason for their doubts as today’s verse states and it’s probably the same way He questions us when we doubt. So what is doubt and why do we do it as followers of Christ? According to the Cambridge dictionary, doubt is ‘to not feel certain or confident about something or to think that something is not probable‘. Some definitions go on to say ‘to have no confidence in (someone or something)‘. But as Christians, trusting and having confidence in God is part of what being a Christian is all about. Living in this world, however, and being surrounded with the teachings of the physical, counters what our spirit knows and believes God is capable of.
What we come to know and see becomes the basis and reason of what is likely to happen and what is not. It is why Abraham‘s wife, Sarah, literally ‘…laughed within herself…‘ [Genesis 18:12 NKJV] when God told her she would bare a child, at 90-years-old. She knew that at that age, she was way past the childbearing stage. But for God, being the omnipotent being He is, there is no limit. He turned to Abraham and basically said “Why is she laughing?”. He then stated what I want us to remember and take away from today’s post:
The answer is pretty obvious. No.
It is also important to remember that God isn’t bound by the laws of this world. So when He says something will happen or something is so, so shall it be. Doubting His abilities does more damage to us than we think. Doubting can tire the brain and reduce the desire to keep going resulting in underperformance. Doubting is giving up on possibilities and opportunities awaiting you. In fact, in the very beginning of the bible, doubt was present when the devil told Eve that she wouldn’t die if she ate the fruit for so and so reasons. In that split second of contemplation and doubt, Eve gave in. Doubt is a dangerous tool the devil uses to get Christians to render God‘s abilities or judgement, unlikely. And as a result, we miss out on blessings and things that could’ve been.
So how do we rid of doubt? Remind ourselves of who God is. Use this as motivation to keep believing. What better way to do that than by reading His word? God has done so many wonders throughout the bible, some we may know of and possibly some we are yet to read about. So take some time to dwell in His presence, read a story that you know already from beginning to end if you like. Some of my favourites are Moses and the Israelites [Exodus 2-15], Hezekiah and the Assyrians [2 Kings 18-20] and Gideon and the 300 men [Judges 6-8]. God‘s questions to Job [Job 40-41] is also a good reality check for who God is. As you read His word, open your heart and mind to accept and believe what it is you are reading and watch God renew your trust in Him once more, in Jesus‘ name. Amen.
I hope today’s post helps you restore your trust in God minus the doubts. Have a lovely week!
– A Willing Spirit