Trust vs. Doubt

How many times have you said I’m trusting God regarding a situation you’ve been praying for; yet when the answer took longer than expected – did you continue to wait or move ahead of God?  Our human nature can get in the way of God’s answers and promises when we become impatient in the waiting room of life. Most of the time taking matters into our hands only causes regret.  Abraham and Sarah are very familiar with the mess you can make when you try to birth God’s promises through human effort. 

Where there is doubt, trust becomes diluted. Almost 100% of the time we start out in warrior mode until God misses our presumed deadline.  In Genesis 15, Abraham believed God’s covenant promise, but by chapter 16 his wife’s feelings caused question and doubt causing them to take matters into their own hands. This is where chaos and drama are birthed. We cannot allow Satan to take advantage of our vulnerability when we feel overlooked, forgotten, unworthy, etc. He knows if he can sabotage our thoughts, He might just get us to question God and respond in disobedience.  When this happens, you must learn how to effectively capture your thoughts by using the word of God.  Whatever you do – don’t let your feelings navigate your decisions.

When you start feeling pressed to produce the answer in your own strength – pause and pray before you proceed. If you don’t have peace about what to do, continue to wait and be resolute in prayer. Don’t doubt God – His faithfulness cannot be denied. Besides, your answer might only be 24 hours away, it might be a week away or it might be a month away. If you knew the answer was right around the corner, wouldn’t you wait – your results will never trump what God can do for you? So, today, just be still and trust.

Scripture References:

  • Genesis 15:1-6 (NIV) –  After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield your very great reward. But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.” Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be. Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.”
  • Genesis 16:1-5 (NIV) – “Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed to what Sarai said. So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my slave in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the Lord judge between you and me.”
  • 2 Corinthians 10:5-6 (TPT) – “We can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and breakthrough every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One. Since we are armed with such dynamic weaponry, we stand ready to punish[c] any trace of rebellion, as soon as you choose complete obedience”

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