Doubt: The Antithesis of Faith

Doubt, Faith, Freedom |


Matthew 14:31 “And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”

James 1:6 “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”

Doubt is the direct antithesis of faith. Everything faith is, doubt is not. As believers, we like to think that we have faith, but do we? Sometimes we have faith in God to a degree in certain, limited areas. However, how much faith do we have when the doctor gives a bad report to our loved ones or to us? Or death, expected or unexpected, visits your family? Do we hold on to Psalm 107, verse 20 which reads, “He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions”? Which scripture do you steadfastly stand on in times of adversity? For if you are not standing in faith, you are sinning according to Romans 14, part C of verse 23.

Many of us know the story of Peter walking on the water to Jesus and how he began to sink when he looked at the waves instead of Jesus in Matthew 14. How many Peters are reading this? How many times have we looked at the situation instead of looking at Jesus? Our base scripture says that Jesus asked Peter, “…wherefore didst thou doubt?” In other words, why did you stop believing that I had called you to walk on the water? Now, this is where many of us fall short. We don’t act on what God has instructed us to do in His Word? Why not? Because the command doesn’t fit into our psyche. It doesn’t fit into our box. Tithing is one of the most ignored commandments in the Bible because many of us doubt that God is our Source and we doubt that we can make it on the 90%. Prayer is sporadic because many doubt that God is and that He hears prayers, much less answers them. Our faith is visual instead of being spiritual.

We ask God for healing, for deliverance, for salvation, for financial blessings but we waver in our faith because we become impatient. When we become impatient, we complain, we grumble, and finally, we just give up. James 1, verse 6 says that wavering is like being tossed to and fro by ocean waves, no foothold, no stability, no hope. Now is the time to locate yourself in your faith in God’s Word. Exactly, where is God in your spiritual life? He should be the Anchor of your faith, your Great I Am.

This Christian walk is one of constant examination in which the Word exposes the various areas of darkness that still lurk in the shadows of our lives. Doubt has no place in the life of a believer, but it does stick its head up occasionally and can cause us to wobble. The main way to defeat doubt is to stay in the Word, believe the Word, stand on the Word. Stay there until your answer comes. Stay there until doubt no longer has residence in the situation, and God has preeminence in your life once again.

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