Have you ever found yourself in a season where it seems like life just doesn't add up? Even though you have done everything right, you still feel empty. You start to doubt yourself and may even doubt God. Whether it’s the loss of health, finances, loved ones or a job, loss can bring about feelings of deep despair followed by doubt.
As human beings, we will all experience loss and doubt. In the book of Job, we see a man found blameless in the eyes of God who undergoes incredible loss. With each day, it got worse. From his wealth to his health, dearly loved family and friends, Job experienced devastating loss and began to question God. The supernatural battle with doubt became very real. Job certainly is not alone in this battle. The struggle with doubt was very real for other great Bible figures. Moses, Elijah, Jonah and Paul all questioned God in their moments of despair. Even in His darkest hour, Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
But God teaches us through His Word that these battles are not of flesh and blood but of spirit and mind. According to Ephesians 6:12, “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”
Although loss is real and grief is a part of healing, doubt can plague us as a spiritual struggle. Ephesians 6:11 tells us, “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.” As the daggers of doubt come at us, we can build the shield of faith on the promises of God, not our circumstance or feelings. Ultimately, we can find what our hearts seek, not necessarily in the “why” but in the “Who” through our relationship with Christ.
These faith-building practices can help in the struggle with doubt:
- Put on the Armor of God. Let His Word and not your circumstances be your truth. Write down Scripture verses that speak specifically to you, commit them to memory, and put them up where they are readily visible.
- Dialogue with God. Journal and pray. David, Job and even Jesus all cried out to God. In your doubt, you can cry out to God too. Let Him be your soft and safe place to land. The book of Psalms is a great place to start if you struggle to find the words.
- Remember how God has brought you through past struggles and hardships. Remind yourself of how God has been good to you in the past and how He is good to you today, even if all you can come up with is the sun rising and setting. Seek to praise Him. Read through the Gospels, and remind yourself of who Jesus is and why He came. God has not forgotten about you .
In your First 20 today, consider where you may be doubting God. Ask Him to meet you there. He awaits you with welcome and open arms.
Our God hears,