What a dumb thing. I hate it. Satan is working overtime using this one in my life, and I hate him even more for it.
I have to admit, I have been struggling with doubt lately.
Am I really able to do all the things I need to get done?
Am I really capable of these great responsibilities I have been given?
Am I really capable of raising a child?
Am I going to get better soon?
You see, for about a year now, I have struggled with chronic pain. The doctors can’t seem to figure it out, and there’s not a lot of options for pain control when there is no diagnosis. I was doing better for a couple months, and then I woke up a couple weeks ago, and it was back. Full force. My first thought was “God, why are you doing this to me? You know I have too much to do to be sick right now.” I was ready to sit and have a little pity party for myself and doubt the all powerful Healer that God is. Even today, as I sat down to pray as I always do before I blog, I felt yucky and grumpy. I just want to feel good! And here’s the first verse I saw when I cracked open my Bible.
“Am I only a God nearby?’ declares the Lord. “and not a God far away? Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the Lord. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 23:23-24)
How can I even THINK of doubting the Lord?! He is all knowing, all present, and all powerful. He even fills the heaven and the earth! There is nothing I do or go through that goes unseen by Him. He knows what we are going through and He hears our cries.
You see, the answer to all my questions I listed above is NO! I cannot do all those things. But God can. And He will! Because He loves me. And He loves you! We need to identify these areas of doubt and be praying for God to remove them from our lives! He wants to grant us all we ask for, but if we don’t even take the time to stop doubting, and actually ASK, then what is there for God to do? When we feel doubt creeping its ugly ways into our lives, we need to allow God to take control and take the doubt out of our minds!
I am going to try something, and I’d love for you to join me!
I’m going to:
1. Spend some serious time in prayer, asking God to reveal the doubts I carry in my life.
2. I’m going to write those doubts down, and begin praying every day that He would remove those doubts from me.
3. I’m going to thank God when I see those doubts dwindling, because I know it is by His power, and not my own.
What doubts do you see in your life? How are you going to combat those in your daily life? Leave a comment below and we can encourage each other in our mission to get rid of doubt!!!