Why It’s Not Uncommon to Have Doubts About God

“When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.” – Matthew 28:17

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Do you ever wonder if God is going to deliver you out of your situation? Do you doubt that He even can? Do you wonder if He really is who He says He is? Do you ever speculate if it’s all even real? If you do, then you are not alone. Doubt is a natural human response when presented with information without seeing it happen with your own eyes.

When the disciples saw Jesus on the mountain after He had risen from the dead, they worshipped Him, but some doubted. So it’s possible to still worship God and have some doubts. It doesn’t count you out from being a disciple of Christ. There are several notable figures in the Bible who doubted God. We will look at 6 of them:

  1. Sarah doubted God. Sarah heard God tell Abraham that she was going to have a son and she laughed about it because she was ninety years old. She didn’t believe what God had said because she was well beyond her child-bearing years. The Lord responded, “Is anything too hard for God?” (Genesis 18:12-14).
  2. Job doubted God. Remember all the calamity that Job faced? He lost his children, his health, his livestock. Job lost almost everything he had. He said of God, “If I called and He answered me, I would not believe that He would hear my voice” (Job 9:16-23). Even though he doubted, he did not sin (Job 1:22), and God blessed him in the end (Job 42:12-17).
  3. Moses doubted God. God told Moses that He wanted him to lead His people out of Egypt. Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11) He also doubted when the children of Israel complained about eating manna and God told him that He would give them meat to eat. God said, “Has the Lord’s arm been shortened? Now you will see whether what I say will happen to you” (Numbers 11:21-23). Yet even though Moses doubted, he still spoke to God face to face as a man speaks to his friend (Exodus 33:11).
  4. Jeremiah doubted God. When God called Jeremiah to be a prophet, he exclaimed, “I cannot speak, for I am a youth” (Jeremiah 1:6). He doubted that God could use him because he was young. God said to him, “You shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak” Jeremiah 1:7).
  5. John the Baptizer doubted God. When John was in prison and heard about the works of Christ, he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” (Matthew 11:2-3). This was the same John who had preached Jesus and repentance to everyone. The same John who baptized Jesus. He had become discouraged in prison and doubted that Jesus was the Christ. Yet Jesus said of him, “Among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist” (Matthew 11:11).
  6. Thomas doubted God. Thomas wasn’t with the other disciples when they first saw Jesus after He had risen from the dead. He said, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe” (John 20:25). After Jesus appeared to him eight days later, He said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29).

So, the moral of the story is: you can worship God and still have doubts. Doubting doesn’t count you out of the race. Yes, God would rather we not doubt (James 1:6-8), but He also knows that we will sometimes and He is patient with us, just like He was patient with Thomas, Sarah, Moses, Jeremiah, John the Baptizer, and Job.

If you have doubts, you are not alone, but you must do something about the doubt. Turn to God’s Word for strength, for hope, and for encouragement that He will do just what He says.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” – Proverbs 3:5

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