Monday, August 30, 2021

How Bad Is Doubt?

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Matthew 14:29-30 (KJV) “And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

Ene competed in a mathematics competition and she made it to the finals. Although happy, she was also very anxious because if she wins, she would go home with the 10 million Naira price and an all expense paid trip to any two countries of her choice. As the competition got to the very last round, she was stuck. She did not know what the answer to the very last question was, so she took a deep sigh and muttered, “Jesus, please help me", and afterward went for the option that was impressed upon her heart. She won the competition because what was impressed upon her heart was the answer. It was after she had been declared the winner that she exclaimed, “thank God I did not doubt!"

What do you think would have happened if she had doubted? She would have lost the price, and that would not have been God's fault, it simply would have been the result of her doubt. You see, doubt is so bad that it can stop you from getting what God is giving you.

We see from today's text that Jesus had already told Peter to come, and had supplied him the power needed to walk upon the water. The entrance of doubt however caused him to sink. Doubt is so terrible that it can cause you to lose what God has already given you.

You have to fight doubt by learning to trust God even in uncertain situations. You can fight doubt by praying about the matter  until the anxiety in your heart wanes and faith is built up. You can fight doubt by confessing the word of God and avoiding people and comunications of unbelief. You can fight doubt by bringing yourself to remeber the wonders God has done in the past, and thanking Him for all His benefits and for what he is doing(Psalm 103:1-2).

Go into today knowing that doubt will never give you what faith in God cannot give, it is thus useless to doubt.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to remain faithful to you in undoubting trust and loyalty. Amen.
—Dr. Emmanuel James

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