Day Seven: The Problem with Doubt

Luke 1:18-25 says, “And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.” “And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.” “And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.” “And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple.” “And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.” “And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.” “And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,” “Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.”

We’ve all doubted God when He told us something that seemed too good to be true. We’ve all questioned God when we just didn’t understand. Being human, we sometimes have a hard time believing in the good things because it is easier to be a negative nancy.

But God didn’t create us to be negative nancy’s, always doubting and questioning the good in our lives. Instead, God created us to be so full of faith that we can be like Mary and believe whatever truth God speaks to us. He created us to not worry about the outcomes or what others may think because when God speaks His truth to us, He already knows how the outcomes are going to be.

We see that Zacharias and Elisabeth had moments of doubt when God spoke to them about their future son. I mean, wouldn’t we doubt or question Him too? What Zacharias and Elisabeth failed to realize is that when God speaks truth into our lives, that truth is always going to come to be. God never takes back what He speaks to us.

When God speaks to us and reveals to us that He is going to answer one of our prayers or bless us with something we need, we should believe Him instantly and never worry about the what if’s. Our God doesn’t plant seeds of doubt into our minds and hearts, but instead plants seeds of faith and hope. Our faith and hope in His power must be strong and unwavering. We can either let God bless us the way that He says He is going to or we can let God discipline us for our wavering faith.

Which will it be?

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