by Maggie Lasher
Jesus said to him, “If you are able!—All things can be done for the one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out, “I believe; help my unbelief!”~ Mark 9:23-24
Do you doubt? If so, you are in the company of many of the giants of the Bible!
Moses doubted his ability to lead the people out of Egypt and stand up to Pharaoh. Gideon asked for repeated assurances from God that he was doing the right thing. Abraham resorted to deceit for protection from Abimelech by claiming Sarah is his sister. John the Baptist asked from prison if Jesus were really the Savior they were waiting for. Thomas the disciple doubted Jesus’ resurrection until he touched Jesus’ wounds himself.
Many of our greatest Bible heroes had moments of doubt. When we are facing human situations that are beyond our capabilities (or so we think), we doubt. The broken relationship, the staggering debt, the terrifying diagnosis, the death of a loved one … all these can lead us to doubt.
So what do we do when we doubt? First, be honest with God and yourself about your doubts. Ask Him for help – see the doubting father’s quote above: “I believe [just not enough], help my unbelief!” Feel free to ask Him for a sign, for evidence. Gideon used a fleece; Thomas placed his hands into Jesus’ wounds. Finally, ask God for assurance – just as John the Baptist did.
What was the response each time one of these Biblical men doubted and asked for help? God responded with assurance. He knit you together, He knows you, and He loves you. So of course He will be there to help you with your doubt.
Father God, life sometimes just kicks us in the teeth and we doubt our ability to deal with the situation, the diagnosis, the pain. We doubt Your desire to help, in extreme cases we doubt Your love for us. Forgive us our doubts. And then give us the assurance we need, for we know You are our loving Father and when we ask for bread, You will not give us a snake. Thank You, Lord, for being with us even in our doubt. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.