TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, August 07, 2017:
For what cause or reason
You of little faith, He said, why did you doubt? Matthew 14:31
He said to them, why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your mind? Luke 24:38.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
“WHY” is a question Jesus asked His disciples. Jesus, who knows all of our thoughts, knew when His disciples had doubts and He asked them the question, “Why?” “Why” is a good question and serves a good purpose: it makes us search for truth and God is the source for all truth.
We ask you today, “Why do you waver in your faith?” and “Why do you doubt?” Many wonderful people who are believers are up one day and down another day when it comes to the strength of their faith. That is not what God desires for believers in Him. Genuine faith is the confident conviction that God will do what He promised and He promised to be with us at all times, so “WHY” waver and doubt?
When we take our eyes off of Jesus and start looking at our circumstances, our confidence in our Lord will start to wobble. Let us assure you that all of us will face times when our faith will wobble because the Lord will test our faith in order to make it stronger.
When we start doubting, we are driven and tossed about like the surf of the sea. In the first chapter of James it reads that a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways and should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. To be double-minded is to go back and forth in our thinking. We may begin a day full of confidence in the Lord but when we are faced with a difficult situation and our faith wavers. The question is WHY? Or are we only willing to trust God for the little things?
For some people, this is doubting and for others questioning. Questioning is seeking to gain further information and knowledge that enables us to understand what we are hearing from the Lord. Doubting, on the other hand leads us to believe God can only do what we think is possible based on our own limited abilities and experience. Doubting makes us forget how great is God’s power. God’s power is not limited by our small perspective of what is humanly possible. We must remember that with God nothing is impossible. Matthew 19:26
There are reasons we doubt. Threatening conditions cause our faith to waver. Sometimes we allow our feelings to overcome our faith. Or we listen at times to negative counsel that goes against our faith in God.
We also may be ignorant of God’s ways because we are not reading the scriptures and praying, so how can God communicate with us? We also may feel so much guilt over our past sins that we consider ourselves hopelessly lost in sin. Doubt causes us to listen to the devil. Doubt is Satan’s tool. He used doubt to entice Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden Genesis 3:7.
When you begin to waver in your faith and wonder why, ask yourself these questions: Where does my doubt come from? Has God ever failed me in the past? Didn’t the Lord in Philippians 4:19 promise to meet all my needs, not just some? Didn’t God promise me in Hebrews 13:5 to be with me all the time? And finally, is there anything too difficult for God?
Our memory verse for this week is found in I Chronicles 16:25:
For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is also to be feared above all gods.
I pray that You would increase my faith daily and keep me from doubting or wavering in what I believe. Teach me to grow in my love for You and my understanding of Your Word..
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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