• Associate Pastor Jeremy

The Temptation of Doubt

I suspect that for many of us doubt comes naturally. It’s engrained in us. We doubt good things and bad things, perhaps depending on how we feel. Some doubt is reasonable (after all, life is uncertain!), but doubting God tears at the very fabric of our faith.

As you read the account of mankind’s fall into sin (Genesis 3), something quite fascinating is hiding in the text. Take a look:

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:1-5 ESV)

Did you see how Satan tempted Eve? We often think he tempted her with the fruit of the tree, but he actually tempted her to doubt God’s word. “Did God actually say?” followed with, “you will surely not die.” Once he had her attention and planted the seed of doubt in her mind, she took the grave step of trusting her doubt instead of God, and there went the universe.

Doubt destroys our faith and makes us weak and ineffective believers (James 1:6, Matthew 14:31), and makes it impossible to please the Lord (Hebrews 11:6).

Of utmost importance is trusting in God’s Word. Satan tempted Eve to doubt God’s Word, and every day we are tempted in the same way. Whether through science that attempts to discredit the creation account, society telling us that all religions lead to heaven, or that God couldn’t love a sinner like me, the enemy will always be looking for ways to get us to doubt God’s Word. This is why it is so critical that we read our Bibles, study them carefully, and take God at His word – after all, He is the Word!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:1-3 ESV)

Today, let’s spend some quiet time with God in prayer and His written word and ask him to reveal where doubt has crept into our minds. It may be in little things; it may be in big things. Not all works out as we want it to, but we can always trust God’s word, even when the enemy tries to tell us we shouldn’t. The Lord has proven Himself worthy of our trust and confidence!

God said it. I believe it. That settles it.

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