What to Do When You Doubt

If You Seek Him Weathervane

It'd be silly for me to ask if you have ever doubted God, because I'm sure most of us, if we're honest, have. Perhaps we doubted His goodness, or His love, or His power. Or perhaps we've even doubted whether or not He exists.

Hebrews 11:6 "It is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that there is a God and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him."

So what do you do when you doubt God? Is there anything you should do? I would wholeheartedly say yes...even when your heart doesn't want to do anything about the doubt.

I have found in my own life that when doubt starts creeping in, it is usually an indication that I have not been spending sufficient time in God's Word. Much like a weather vane that yields itself to the direction of the wind, there is something comforting about aligning myself with the direction of the wind the Spirit is blowing in my life.

Peace comes when the arrow of my heart yields itself to God's direction for my life.

How can I experience God's direction and peace rather than the choke-chain of doubt that hinders me from living life fully? Most often it comes from spending time in God's Word, the Bible.

Psalm 94:19 "When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer."

Isaiah 26:3 "You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the LORD always, for the LORD GOD is the eternal Rock."
"Resting in the Lord does not depend on external circumstances at all, but on your relationship to God Himself." --Oswald Chambers
Psalm 37:5, 7 "Commit everything you do to the LORD, Trust Him and He will help you. Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for Him to act."
2 Thessalonians 3:26 "May the Lord of peace Himself always give you His peace no matter what happens."
Doubt will fly like a burning vapour at the break of dawn when I give praise and thanks to God.

When we draw near to God by speaking praise, great things happen in our life! Psalm 81 tells us to sing praises to God, our strength, and then He will relieve our shoulder of its burden and He will free our hands from their heavy tasks. When we cry to Him in trouble, He will save us and will answer us out of the thundercloud.

And let me encourage you that He hears even our smallest prayers...those we're embarrassed to speak to others about or the ones that we feel aren't even worth bothering the God of All with.

Psalm 120:1 "I took my troubles to the LORD; I cried out to Him, and He answered my prayer."

If we let doubt take root in the garden of our heart it will choke out the fruit of peace. Galatians 5:22 says, "But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, He will produce this kind of fruit in us...peace."

We kill the weeds of doubt when we douse them with songs of praise and words of thanks.

A "good" Christian isn't one who never doubts. A triumphant Christian is the one who runs to Christ and says, "I do believe, but help me not to doubt!" (Mark 9:24)

I Run to Christ

    I run to Christ when chased by fear
And find a refuge sure.
"Believe in me," His voice I hear;
His words and wounds secure.
I run to Christ when torn by grief
And find abundant peace.
"I too had tears," He gently speaks;
Thus joy and sorrow meet.

I run to Christ when worn by life
And find my soul refreshed.
"Come unto Me," He calls through strife;
Fatigue gives way to rest.
I run to Christ when vexed by hell
And find a mighty arm.
"The Devil flees," the Scriptures tell;
He roars, but cannot harm.

I run to Christ when stalked by sin
And find a sure escape.
"Deliver me," I cry to Him;
Temptation yields to grace.
I run to Christ when plagued by shame
And find my one defense.
"I bore God's wrath," He pleads my case—
My Advocate and Friend.
--Chris Anderson

Are you struggling with doubt? Be encouraged that I too, have been there. We cannot let those moments define us, but rather let them make us stronger by running to Christ in our weakness.

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