The Danger of Doubt

My Franklin Planner has a quote or motivational saying for each day of the week.  On this day is a quote by Arthur Golden who said, “A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.”

We understand the need for faith and confidence when it involves athletic contests.  For a team to win, it must believe that it can.  For the team to be victorious each player must focus with confidence in their ability to succeed. 

This is true in life.  In business. In relationships.  And in our Christian walk.

In his devotional book That’s Life! my friend Dee Bowman wrote

Doubt is a monster. It:

Ruins your outlook for the future.

Dampens your mood so that you are ineffective

Shortens your view of what is really important.

Impedes your personal progress and growth

Radiates a lack of trust and confidence.

Causes others to be discouraged.

Retards your energy

Gives the Devil great opportunities. 

Doubt has sunk the greatest of men.  Literally!  The Gospel writer Matthew records an occasion when the disciples were on a boat one night on the sea of Galilee.  Suddenly Jesus appeared to them.  Walking on the water!  The ever impetuous Peter requested that he be allowed to walk on the water to meet Jesus.  To which, Christ said, “Come!”

Matthew then records what happened.

 And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” 

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matt 14:29-31)

Peter began well.  He was excited.  Focused.  Faithful.  And Peter did walk on the water.  But doubt did him in!  He took his eyes off Jesus.  His focus was diverted to the obstacles and elements.  The wind.  The waves.  His confidence gave way to doubt. And his faith turned into fear.

Since Faith is the road to big things, doubt will do everything possible to gain inroads.

Doubt questions, Why did God do this to me?

Doubt wonders, What if it doesn’t work? What if I fail?

Doubt accusingly asks, “Why does God allow this terrible tragedy to occur?

Doubt incriminates God by saying, “Where was He when I needed him?

Doubt skeptically impugns, “Who do you think you are?  You can’t do it?

Doubt creeps in through the cracks.  And in sinister and snide ways, tells you that you are not good enough, not strong enough,  not worthy enough.  Shakespeare wrote, “Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”  Yes, Dee, doubt is a monster.

So when doubts arise hang on to your hope.  Your Hope is an anchor of the soul.  When the winds of doubt blow, anchor deep,  hold on tight and have faith in God.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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10 responses to “The Danger of Doubt

  1. Betty Rhodes

    Ken, I love this! Thank you!

  2. Doubt and I are best friends. 😦
    Thanks for helping me see it in a different light.
    Diana-ubc
    http://www.dianabrandmeyer.com

  3. Yes, doubt is something that has stopped me in my tracks way too often. As my confidence grows, doubt disappears.

  4. I find that the better I know our God through a searching of his word to see how faithful He is the more I grow in confidence that heis faithful to never leave or forsake. So before you doubt get intimate with His word there in is comfort knowing this world is not our home.

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  6. Peggy Hobbs

    Good morning! I always look forward to the bonus blog on Saturday. This one is so very much needed today when things are so stressful. We know that God is in control of everything, we can have faith knowing that!

    • Thank you so much Peggy.

      I appreciate you letting me know that. I thought this might be an interesting feature and it’s good to know that it is being well received by you and others

      God bless
      Ken

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