When it comes to doubt vs faith allow me to be totally honest: Trusting God in all circumstances can often be really hard at times. As a matter of fact, I often hide behind the mask of “I’m Ok” every time someone asks me, “How are you feeling?” I know I’m supposed to be trusting God in all of my circumstances.
However, in my mind, it can be a game of tug of war. That being said, Doubt vs Faith can be challenging when facing long seasons in life. Have you ever found yourself lacking the faith to trust God at times too? If we will be brutally honest I know we all do at one time or another.
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And without faith, it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6
First off let me share how leaning on my own understanding leads to doubt and lack of faith. I posted a Meme about faith and trusting God on my Personal Facebook Timeline and my Blog Page. When I did this I felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit so strong! It’s as if he was telling me, “Why do you post things such as this when YOU yourself do NOT believe? I was to the point of tears Y’all.
With this in mind, my Blog is ALL about encouraging others in Christian Living. However, how hypocritical of me to do this when I am lacking the doubt vs faith in my own life. Talking about feeling like I’m letting everyone down. Most importantly I let down the one that means more to me than anyone or anything. That is my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Doubt vs Faith
I believe it’s important to FIRST explain the “what” and “why” with doubt then share the trusting thru faith prior to getting into the tips. With this in mind, displaying faith can often be hard when you feel like you’ve been struggling with your health journey for some quite some time. In my case, it’s trusting God in the midst of Autoimmune Disorders.
It started back in 2008 and has been one health issue after another with no ending in sight. I go to see a specialist and then they tell me, I’m sorry, I have done all I know to do and then get passed on to the next one that they choose to refer me too and then I get told what a complicated complex case I am then the same cycle repeats itself.
Needless to say, that can be extremely exhausting and you become overwhelmed by life and it takes its toll on you after a while. It’s been NINE years with the past two years being the worst. Now, I don’t know how you would perceive time but for me, it has seemed like Forever and to honest I’m often left homesick longing for Heaven.
When Side Effects become too Hard and Lack of Faith Creeps In
When it gets to the point you don’t enjoy driving simply because of the movement from the road, trees, clouds, vehicles, blinking lights etc..makes you light-headed and nauseous.
Can you say, hey Houston We Have A Problem! Also, try walking when your balance is so uncoordinated you feel like a drunk person at times and I do not drink so we will leave it at that.
I don’t talk about the side effects much because I don’t want anyone thinking I’m looking for sympathy and if you know anything about me that is NOT who I am. Allow me to give you a couple of examples of what I deal with.
Everyone enjoys roller coasters and spinning rides at theme parks, right? My husband and I were adrenaline junkies before all this started, now I keep us from doing many things. Think about all the places that have light shows, motion movement, and fog in them. I can no longer do them.
We took my Grandson to see Christmas lights this past year and my husband said, “Hunny I don’t think you’re gonna be able to do this.” I responded with “I will be fine!” Guess what, I was NOT fine.
It’s bad when your Grandson says “Mamaw you better close your eyes were coming up on another wall of terror.” He will pick at me and start spinning in circles cause he thinks it’s funny and laughs. Needless to say, he’s a seven-year-old child, of course, he doesn’t “get it.”
When Your Longing for Answers but Slammed with Doubt
Now maybe you can understand ME a little better on what I must deal with. Also, June 1st is the date that we lost our first grandchild Tyler to SIDS so I was already in a somewhat sad reflecting state. Nevertheless, I got the news of several Meniere’s tests and it showed I wasn’t cleared for the procedure.
They suggested to me to do which is a treatment that would FINALLY stop the never-ending revolving door of Specialists. I had the hope that relief was coming and shouldn’t have been so devastated, accepted it, and laid it in God’s hands…I didn’t
So the next question is how can I learn to stop this way of thinking and start trusting God with ALL of the circumstances surrounding my health in the numerous Autoimmune Disorders I’ve dealt with since 2008?
Here are some tips I keep available when doubt starts to creep its way into my mind and I replace the doubt with faith because God is my refuge and strength!
5 Ways to Trust God’s Goodness When it Comes to Doubt vs Faith
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
I’m gonna be honest with you sweet friends. When I’m struggling with doubt vs faith I turn to worship music! In this short e-book, I give you my top 5 songs, the story behind them, and how the words of the songs get me through the challenges. I promise this will help you.
Tip #1: Lean on God’s Understanding instead of our Own
When we’re beginning to feel burdened and overwhelmed with any issues we tend to want to trust OUR way of fixing it rather than trusting in the Lord to sustain us through it.
If you are like me I have always been a get in there and get done sorta girl and relying on the faithfulness of God to sustain me has been a work in progress. Now I realize this is just pride talking and I shouldn’t rely on my own wisdom and strength.
Sadly, instead of trusting God who is always faithful and keeps his promises, we can tend to try to find answers to fix never-ending issues we may face.
By the way, this doesn’t end up going well for us because we tend to end up making a bigger mess of things.
We become even more frustrated to find a solution to “fix” things which allows doubt to creep its ugly head in our mind, to begin with.
So How can WE STOP Leaning on OUR Understanding and Lean on GOD’S in Doubt vs Faith? Simply stated because God’s word calls us to trust in him with ALL our heart and NOT to lean on our own understanding. In other words, God calls us to HALT our own understanding and trust him wholeheartedly.
Ultimately, we don’t know all the miraculous things God is working out for our good and His glory in and through our circumstances. When you’re dealing with doubt vs faith find your strength in God.
God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them. Not only may you see a tiny fraction of what God is doing in your life; the part you do see may make no sense to you.–John Piper
Tip #2: Go to God on Bended Knee to receive His Grace
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
This scripture is such a sweet promise in times of need. The fact of the matter is there will always be times of trouble in our lives. God never promises us an easy life but he does promise to be with us throughout it all. Nevertheless, when circumstances are too numerous to bear that’s when we must fall on bended knee.
It is there through our complete surrender when God hears our cries for help when we’re struggling with doubt vs faith and wanting to trust God wholeheartedly. Jesus is ready to give us exactly what we need and God extends His never-ending grace even though we do NOT deserve it.
Tip #3: Trust the Character of God Towards His Children
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-23
Where we fail in this: Instead of getting distracted by what we’re wanting (in my case a medical treatment that works) we should be focusing on trusting God through the trials and remember the very character of God
So how can we trust God’s Character towards us specifically? By constantly reminding ourselves of God’s faithful character. This scripture has three specifics to keep in the forefront of our minds.
- Mercies of the Lord never come to end and are new every morning
- The Lord’s love for us will never cease
- Great is the faithfulness of God
But here’s the deal. If we’re going to succeed in NOT doubting God we must instead trust him faithfully. Memorize the truths found in this scripture and that includes when things may not make sense with what our natural eyes may see.
Tip #4: Remember How Faithful God has Always Been to You
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
This scripture is a triumphant reminder that God is unchanging. He’s everlasting to everlasting. He never changes nor does he ever waver. God stays the same and it’s not based on our lack of doubt or faltering faith.
What this means is simply this…If God never changes, and he’s proven to us that he has always been faithful to us in the past, then we can rest in the assurance that he will be faithful to us in ALL the challenges that come our way today or tomorrow.
Tip #5: Pray for God to Feed Your Faith and Demolish Your Doubts
Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:5-6
Ultimately, the main way to crush doubts and increase our faith is through the power of the Holy Spirit. We must Pray for stronger faith when doubts creep in even though our circumstances may seem unchanging and not lean on our own understanding or lack of. The simple, yet thorough truth is that we can do nothing apart from God.
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, it is he that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
Summary of Doubt vs Faith: Trust God
Sweet friend, you and I must keep in mind that we are here to make an eternal impact and we must view things in an eternal perspective not necessarily human comfort. We’re going to be fighting all kinds of doubts but we must remain strong by choosing Faith over the Doubt. Fight the Doubt vs Faith with Prayer and God’s word
Fight Your Doubt vs faith with Praise. Any help or answer we are seeking CAN be found in God’s word. Our hope is centered on scriptures. With this in mind, what does the bible say about hope? Remember God’s got this and it’s going to be ok!
Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105
You are my strength; I wait for you to rescue me, for you, O God, are my fortress. Psalm 59:9