Maybe, Maybe Not

Have you ever experienced doubt?

One second, we can be sure of a certain course of action. We feel good about whatever it is: purchasing an item, accepting a promotion or a lateral change, taking a relationship to the next level, selecting a name for the baby, etc. We have even prayed about it and feel this is what God desires for us. Then before you know it, that feeling of confidence turns to uncertainty, and doubt starts to set in. We start to question our actions and decisions. Not that I have ever done this, but I am told….well let me put it this way, I have not doubted anything in the last five minutes.

Reading in the book of Acts recently, I came across a passage of Scripture that addressed this issue. The story is about the apostle Peter. He falls asleep, has a vision, and hears the voice of God. Three times in the vision, God speaks to Peter. Then Peter wakes up.

Acts 10:17-20 “Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon’s house, and stood before the gate… While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.”

Here is a story about a powerful man of God. He sees a vision and hears God’s voice and still deals with doubt. Sometimes we may feel like we can be more confident in our decision if we just have some type of sign—just something to indicate we are on the right road or making the right choice. Remember Peter in this story? How much more of a sign did he need? So it is not in the sign, but it is in trusting God and having confidence in His faithfulness.

Doubt can lead to double mindedness. (James 1:8) “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” (James 4:8) “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”

Doubt can lead to fearfulness.

Psalm 56:2-3 “Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High. What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.”

The Word of God gives instruction on how we deal with doubt: draw close to God and trust Him!

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You because with Your help, I will not allow the enemy of doubt to swallow me up. Father, I may doubt in myself, but I am going to trust You, in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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