March 8, 2015

When in Doubt

Written by Wisdom Hunters

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 8, 2015

When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” Matthew 11:2–3

Doubt seeks to destroy our faith. It is in our discouragement—even despair—that we begin to question God. “What did I do wrong?”, “Lord, did you call me to this place of confusion?”, “Where is my joy and hope?”, “Are you even real or just a figment of my imagination?” Left to its natural conclusion, doubt crushes our faith in Christ.

Fortunately, faith does not have to take a furlough when we are frustrated and fatigued. It is in your confinement that Christ wants to remind you of His great power. So cry out to Him in your confused circumstances, and He will earnestly listen in love. “In my distress I called to the LORD; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears” (2 Samuel 22:7). He does not leave His loved ones alone and in doubt.

It is okay to be in doubt, but not to remain in doubt. What doubt challenges your faith in God? Is it His provision, His promises, His presence, His character, or His care? When these questions assault your confidence in Christ, take a step back and review His track record. The reality of your salvation sets you on the productive path of peace and forgiveness. Answered prayer over the years is proof enough of His love and concern.

Furthermore, use this temporary time of distrust to go deeper with Jesus. The pressure you feel on all sides is your Savior’s way of soliciting your attention. When in doubt, seek out the Lord, learn to love Him completely, and discern more fully His profound promises. Use doubt to dig deeper into the truth of Scripture; marinate your mind. “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him” (Psalm 34:8).

When in doubt, stay steadfast in seeking your Savior. Wait on Him, especially when you wonder what is next. Where there is true faith there may be a mixture of unbelief; so remain faithful, even when questions manipulate your faith. Perseverance will one day free you as a stronger and more-committed follower of Christ. See Jesus for who He is. Doubt dissolves in His reassuring presence. Doubt starves to death when it is not fed.

“Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—the LORD, who remains faithful forever” (Psalm 146:5–6).

Prayer: What doubts do I need to acknowledge and release to God? Is Christ trustworthy?

Related Readings: 2 Chronicles 33:12; Job 36:16–19; John 20:27; Jude 1:22

Post/Tweet this today: When doubt assaults your confidence in Christ, take a step back and review His track record. #doubt #wisdomhunter

Additional Resource: 6 minute music video- Hillsong: Open My Eyes

Taken from the March 8th reading in Seeking Daily the Heart of God v.2

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  1. Phyllis Moore says:

    Thank you for your encouraging words everyday I didn’t relize how much I did appreciate these words from Wisdom Hunters until my computer crashed because of a virus.I had the computer fixed and I am back on.God bless for all that you do to encourage His children in the Kingdom of God.My prayers are with you

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Phyllis~
      Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us with your kind words about the Wisdom Hunter’s devotionals. We always love to hear from our Wisdom Hunter’s family and we are thankful that you have been blessed by the devotionals.
      Please know that I will pass on your thoughtful words to Boyd. I know he will be so thankful for them and for your prayers as he continues to write. We give all the Glory to God!
      I am sorry your compute crashed…ugh..that is no fun! But we are glad you are “up and running” again. Isn’t it interesting how we can get so used to having a computer at our fingertips and then, something like that happens?
      Again, thank you for your kind words. We look forward to hearing from you again.
      Believing and trusting~
      Gwynne
      “Worship the Lord in the splendor of His Holiness,
      tremble before Him, all the earth.” Psalm 96:9


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