Satan’s first weapon against mankind was sowing doubt about God’s words: “Has God indeed said…” (Gen 3:1). These doubts soon turned to outright lies about what God had truly said (Gen 3:4,5).
Satan still tries to make us doubt God today. We must be especially on our guard when an answer to prayer appears delayed, or has not come in the way we expected. At such times, Satan and his minions will attack, to play on our worries and fears. They may try to erode our confidence and trust in God and His promises. They may whisper that we are alone, or forsaken, or unloved, or unworthy to receive… all manner of evil words that are contrary to the promises of the Word of God!
So Abraham “did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform”(Rom 4:20,21). Christ has said, “Whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says…” (Mark 11:23,24).
We, too, must hold fast to our faith in God, without wavering. We must reject the tool of Satan – doubt of God – and instead place our faith in the living God and all of Who He is in His greatness, glory, power and love! For truly, “He who promised is faithful”! (Heb 10:23).
SEEKING HIS STRENGTH
Has some difficult trial or painful circumstance caused you to doubt God and Who He truly is? What do you do if you are tempted to doubt God? If you have doubted God, is all lost? Have you missed your chance for God’s blessing?
The Bible tells the story in Mark Chapter 9 of a man who was struggling with doubt. This man’s son was mute and demon-possessed, and the man wondered if Jesus could help them. “But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us” (Mark 9:22).
Jesus replied, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes” (v.23).
Jesus confronted the man’s doubt. The man did not act “religious” or pretend he had great faith. He was truthful with Jesus, just as we need to be truthful with God in prayer. God sees our heart, and we are not fooling Him by pretending we believe when we do not.
The Bible tells us this man was humble and broken before Jesus, weeping. He cried out that he wanted to believe, but he needed Christ to help him overcome the part of him that was struggling to fully believe (v.24). Though the man’s faith was uncertain, he cried to the Lord for help; that in itself was an act of faith in Jesus, and Jesus responded!
Jesus responded with great love and tenderness. He did not rebuke the man for not having enough faith. No! Instead, he healed and delivered the man’s son!