I doubt It!
Have you ever said, "I doubt it!" I am sure we have all said it once or twice and we probably weren't lying when we said it. Doubt literally means to be unsure of something. It's not an evil word or a rejection of an idea, we've just not been convinced of the facts that have been presented to us.
How important is this? Biblically it is very important. Because doubt is in essence the anti-hope. When we have true biblical hope we are in faith. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is the substance of things hoped for. In the natural hope conveys the idea that we are wishing that something will be true. But biblical hope expects to receive what is hoped for because it is directly tied to our faith.
Therefore, when we doubt we have robbed ourselves of the power of faith to bring about that which we have brought before the Lord in prayer. Let me define doubt from the dictionary:
- To be uncertain about
- To consider questionable or unlikely
- Hesitate to believe
- A feeling of uncertainty about the truth
Now, think of these definitions from a biblical perspective. If faith comes to us by hearing the Word (Romans 10:17) and faith is the substance of what we hope for (Hebrews 11:1) then to doubt would mean that I am uncertain about the Word of God. To doubt would mean that I view the Word of God as questionable or unlikely. To doubt would be to hesitate to believe what God has said. To doubt would mean that I am operating according to how I feel about the truth of the Word of God instead of operating on the Word of God because God said it.
When you look at doubt from this perspective you can see that doubt is a lot more serious then what many of us believe it to be. In fact the Bible has a lot to say about doubt. Do you remember the Apostle Thomas? Did you know he actually did a lot for our Lord in his life and even died for the work of the kingdom, yet most know him as doubting Thomas. Jesus said that Thomas was "faithless" because he doubted.
In Matthew 21 we find an interesting story. Let's read it:
(18) "Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. (19) And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. (20) And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! (21) Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. (22) And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." (KJV)
In this story the disciples of Jesus are amazed that what Jesus said to the fig tree actually came to pass, but more importantly than this is what Jesus said to them next. "If you have faith, and doubt not..." Those simple words are the key to a successful life in this world.
In Mark 9:23 we are told that if we can only believe ALL things are possible. If Mark 9:23 is true then the opposite must be true also. If you can't believe ALL things are NOT possible to you. I don't know about you, but I don't want to be a doubter. I want to live a life where all things are possible, but in order to do that I must remove all doubt out of my heart and believe that the things that are in God's Word are as true as God is!