Anyone have days or seasons or even years of doubting something God has so clearly promised to you? Or has so clearly said? I know I have. Its really hard to start believing those promises again once you have allowed doubt to have a foothold over your mind.
This year I have felt the Lord pressing it on my heart to read the entire Bible in a year. It has been the best decision I have ever made because I am someone who struggles with doubting God's sovereignty and faithfulness in my life. The Word is life to our souls, and a constant reminder that Jesus is ALWAYS Sovereign and ALWAYS Faithful. Read it. I promise you will not regret it.
Lets go all the way back to the beginning in Genesis. Adam and Eve had it made. Living in the garden, walking with God, with no shame. Until satan came on the scene. Eve was minding her own business, tending to the garden, on just an average day and satan began to cultivate doubt in Eve's heart.
" Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, You must not eat from any tree in the garden?"
Ladies I hope you recognize the significance of the enemy approaching Eve and not Adam. You have an important role in the Kingdom of God and the last thing satan wants is for you to step into that truth. He wants you to doubt your destiny, He wants you to doubt Gods truth.
Eve wasn't the only one to allow doubt to sneak in and blind her to the truth. Sarai was also consumed by doubt. Sarai was married to Abram and for many years she tried to have children and couldn't. God had spoken to Abram that he would have many descendants as many as the stars (Gen15:5-6). In spite of that truth Sarai told Abram to sleep with her maid and Abram must have doubted what God had spoken as well because he listened to Sarai (Gen16:1-2).
In the midst of Sarai's doubt God was a faithful.
Thats many of our stories right? In the midst of our doubt and disbelief in who God is, He still shows Himself faithful and true to His character.
"God also said to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her"
How amazing that even in Sarai's doubt God reminded her and Abram that even in their disbelief He would remain faithful. Unfortunately even after God had spoken and given Sarai or Sarah a new name and a promise, she still doubted and even laughed at the thought of having a child in her old age.
Sometimes we have allowed doubt to conquer us for so long that it seems to be unshakeable. This is where the the power of scripture comes in.
Then the Lord said to Abraham, Why did Sarah laugh and say, Will I really have a child now that I am old?"
v14. "IS THERE ANYTHING TOO HARD FOR THE LORD?.."
Talk about stop you in your tracks. I couldn't stop reading this verse and haven't. Every time I feel doubt starting to weasel its way back in I just say over and over, NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR THE LORD.
In the end Sarah gave birth to Isaac. Isaac means laughter. Sarah was miserable because of her doubt and God redeemed her story through Isaac which brought her joy.
I pray this week that whatever the enemy is using to make you doubt God and all His promises that you would immerse yourself in His truth, proclaim it over your life and rebuke the enemy and his lies. You can conquer doubt and satan because JESUS DEFEATED satan and all his schemes on THE CROSS. Rest in the beautiful truth that doubt is already conquered.