Shadows of Doubt
” My Father, which gave them me, is
greater than all, and no man is able
to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”
Many times the Christian has shadows of doubt and sometimes real doubt. It’s what we do when that happens that tell others what we’re made of spiritually. Shadows of doubt come mostly during a troubled time in the Christians life. It’s during these times of weakness that the flesh and the devil choose to attack because this is the time most damage can be caused. There’s a constant battle in the body from the flesh and the devil, Romans 13,14.
It is a normal thing for the flesh to doubt or to be doubtful. We have doubt almost every day, if not every day. We sometimes doubt our abilities and the abilities of others. Doubt is the lack of knowledge for any given task or desire to be accomplished in one’s life. I may want to be strong enough to carry 200 pounds but I doubt I would be able to. On the other hand, I have no doubt that I can’t lift, without help, 500 pounds. We may also doubt one’s ability to accomplish a job task because of their lack of knowledge of how to perform the job.
Some men in the scripture that had doubt, but later were used greatly for God gives us a good example of the human nature. Consider the passage in Judges 6:13. Here we see Gideon who was at the time just an ordinary guy going about his daily tasks when the Bible says in verse 12 of the same chapter that “the angel of the Lord appeared”. The very next verse, Gideon was full of doubt and I believe a little anger thrown in for measure. Even with his doubt God was able to use Gideon greatly to show His power and to deliver Israel in a time of trouble.
Also consider Moses in Exodus, chapter 3. Here we see that Moses begins to doubt his own eyes and “turns aside” to see why the bush wasn’t consumed by the fire (great message here by the way). In chapter 4 of Exodus verse 10, we see Moses again doubting the word of the Lord. He seems to be letting the flesh rule. He however is only going with what he knows and understands. God demands that we must trust Him, through faith, Hebrews 11:6. The end of Moses we see the product of his doubt, Deuteronomy 34:6. Moses died in the land of Moab because of his doubt and disobedience to God’s Word.
Doubt wasn’t only confined to the pages of the Old Testament. Doubt starts early in the New Testament. In Luke 1:18 we see Zacharias doubting the word of God brought to him by the angel Gabriel and it cost him his speech for nine months! This was a man who was a priest and should be rejoicing at the appearance of an angel sent from God. However he doubted. We could here include lots of other great men and women of God who doubted God’s Word. However let’s go on and see what the scripture says and how to overcome doubt in our lives.
In Proverbs 16:3 we see an antidote for doubt in one’s life. The Bible says to “Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established”. Doesn’t doubt and fear begin in our thoughts? I would think so. What is works for the Lord? A good start would be found in Romans 4:3. The Bible says that “Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness”. To work for the Lord is to begin by believing His word.
In these last days Satan is working overtime to cause doubt and fear to rob the Christian of their blessings of a life full of fruit for the Lord. Its only through God’s word we will find the strength through Him to overcome the powers of darkness in an ever increasing evil world. Lay hold on His word and memorize it. Start with Proverbs 3:5-6, notice the words “all thine heart”, or consider Joshua 1:8, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth ” and ” according to all that is written therein”. God didn’t leave us defenseless. We have A SWORD!
So beloved of God I can’t encourage you enough to use God’s Word. Find a word preaching church to be a part of because your adversary doesn’t tire, doesn’t rest, has great knowledge of how to make you stumble, can find you wherever you go, and literally hates God’s Word. Use His word carefully and skillfully.