DOUBT, WORRY AND FEAR – THE INEXTRICABLE TRIO

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

God admonishes: “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)

This formidable trio – doubt, worry and fear -- can cause and has caused immeasurable damage, knowingly or unknowingly, to the lives of the saints. We should pay serious heed to this injunction: “Do not worry!” (Matthew 6:25-34)

Throughout the ages doubt has led to worry and worry to fear. The brother to doubt is worry whose sister is fear. Fear can wreck our entire being. It is like running after an invisible phantom. In everyday language, we hear that much of what we worry about don’t even come to pass; so our worry is futile and in vain. Imagine the heap of worries we have piled over the years that have not materialised – and yet we still give room to worry! Wasted years! It is time to quit worrying and start handing over our doubts to the One who has a broad shoulder and the wisdom to handle them. Take them to Jesus in prayer.

God has declared it across the world that He is not a man to lie. (Numbers 23:19) He stands by His word. His word is His bond. He didn’t only say that He would watch over His word to perform it; He also declared that the words that come out of His mouth will not come back to Him void, without accomplishing its purpose. “... so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)

Worldly cares; the worries of this life. 

Corrie Ben Boom wrote: “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.” Worry steals our joy. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: they do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them.” (Luke 12:22)

Incredulity dishonours God

God and His word are indissoluble. He proclaimed to the mountain tops that His word cannot be broken and that it will last forever.  What He promised the patriarchs – Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, He made good when the Children of Israel took possession of Canaan, the Promised Land. He fulfilled every promise He made to them. Unfortunately, all those who doubted Him during the crossing from Egypt to Canaan did not enter the Promised Land. All the doubters died in the wilderness. This should teach us a lesson that doubting God is a serious misdemeanour with grave consequences.

Doubters – all died in the wilderness.

“But some doubted.” (Matthew 28:17) Doubt is unsettling, to say the least. “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.” (Mark 11:23) “But when he asks he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. The man should not think that he would receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man unstable in all that he does.” (James 1:6-8)

Reasons for not worrying

We have a tendency to believe only what we can see or touch. It is time we learn to see with our spiritual eyes which requires exercising our faith. God is real and His word is true. 

Diminish your doubt to strengthen your faith.

Take God always at His word and act on it. Seek also to build your faith up. “... comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17) “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

Believe what He says about you.

Like muscle, the more you exercise it the more it grows. Take special interest in and precious time to build your faith level to unshakable levels through a daily exercise programme in the word of God. It has worked for me, it can work for you.