I apologize for falling behind with these devotionals. Between going to Syracuse to see my mother-in-law and being home sick for a couple days myself it couldn’t be helped. I will try to catch up…let’s talk about doubt.
Some people have the wrong idea about faith. Faith isn’t the absence of doubt but real faith overcomes doubt to believe in something yet unseen. Thomas needed to see Jesus to believe but Jesus told Him “blessed are those who have not seen yet believe.”
As a person faces the last 30 Days to Live, sometimes they will have doubts about God. That’s ok. Real faith overcomes those doubts to focus on their faith. It was like that for James the brother of Jesus.
James didn’t believe his brother could be God. “MY big brother? No way!” He didn’t believe that the Son of God had grown up right in his own house.
Jesus’ brothers said to Him, “Leave here and go to Judea, where your followers can see your miracles! You can’t become famous if you hide like this! If you can do such wonderful things, show yourself to the world!” For even His brothers didn’t believe in Him. – John 7:3-5
James had his doubts, we all do. Sometimes it’s hard to believe, it’s ok. We just can’t STAY there. We have to remember we have met the Risen Lord who we can trust in. James saw Jesus after the resurrection and then He believed. (1 Corinthians 15:3-8)
Mary had doubt about Jesus even being born. As the angel told her she would conceive and bear the Messiah, she had a question. “How can this be since I am a virgin.” As the angel explained that all things are possible with God and that the miracle birth would happen via the Holy Spirit, Mary’s response shows her faith.
Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” – Luke 1:38
It wasn’t that Mary didn’t have questions or even doubts, it that she overcame them by focusing on the word that God had given her.
In conclusion, James and Mary show us the keys to overcoming doubt and walking in faith, meeting the Risen Lord and believing His word. You may be facing overwhelming obstacles or even a crisis of faith, remember when you met Jesus and rehearse His words to you.
Lord, I admit that I sometimes doubt. I know you love me but sometimes I doubt that you’ll protect me or that you’ll provide for me. Help me to remember the way I felt when I first accepted you as Savior. Remind me of the scriptures you’ve shown me. I choose to trust you and help me to believe your promises more than what I see. In your name I ask, Amen.
- Do I doubt that God will protect me?
- Have I come under condemnation during times when I doubted?
- Memorize 1 promise from the bible.