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Doubt is an impactful, obvious, influential reality in our lives. But when it comes to our relationship with God, doubt can be very debilitating.

Doubt is to your relationship with God as judgement is to your relationship with man. Its evaluating a situation and drawing wrong conclusions about God.

But lets take a deep breath! Doubt is a real possibility for people who have real life changing faith.

  • Peter doubted on the water.
  • The disciples doubted on Sunday.
  • Thomas was still doubting a week later.
  • Some doubted the day He ascended.
  • Some doubted with evidence

We are told to do exactly the same thing with our life situations and our faith that we are told to do with our interpersonal relationships. In unacceptable doubting we evaluate situations and draw wrong conclusions about God. It is never wrong to evaluate the situation you find yourself in or are facing. What is wrong is to evaluate the situation and not consider God. We render wrong verdicts about situations in life because doubt about God creeps in.

Matthew 14:25-27

And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!”and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

Have you ever found yourself in a situation which has the potential to be very overwhelming? Lets be clear, this is not doubt. Who would expect someone wailing to them on the water?

Matthew 14:28

And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”

Again, this isn’t doubt either. This is a serious evaluation of what Peter is experiencing. He is trying to validate what he is seeing not evaluate the one he is seeing. Having questions for God while in the midst of troubling circumstances is not doubting God.

Matthew 14:29-31

He said, “Come.”So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.”Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?””

It is amazing to think faith can get you out of the boat but doubt can engulf you, immediately! We start to waver while standing in the waves. We start looking at the circumstances we are standing in and give them more influence than the Christ who is standing next to us. Doubt arises when we take our eyes off of Jesus and start focusing on our circumstances.

Matthew 14:32

And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Even in our doubt He is not about to let you drown. Even in our doubt He is not going to let us down.

Why did you doubt? Because when we are distracted by circumstances beyond our control. Doubt causes us to look away from Jesus and to look at the circumstances surrounding us!

Matthew 21:21-22

And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

This is the hope of breakthrough. This is the belief of God coming through. This is the prayer of deliverance from the obstacles which are keeping you from seeing the glory of God. We should never doubt that our God is going to come through no matter what we are going through. Even when we might be in a season of discipline. Even when we find ourselves in places we never thought we might find ourselves in, do not doubt the goodness of God.

Let’s never doubt His greatness. Regardless of the power of the storm. He is going to see you through. When he calls you out in faith, He is not going to let you drown in doubt.