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Circumstances are actually the number one reason people doubt God. When our prayers are unanswered, when a tragedy strikes, when we’re faced with an impossible situation.
In Mark 4:35-41 Jesus is out on the Lake of Galilee with His disciples. He’s asleep and a great storm comes up. So, they wake Jesus up and say, “Jesus, don’t You care if we drown?” That’s a typical reaction when we get under pressure. We start doubting God and say, “Don’t You care God?”
That’s a typical reaction when we get under pressure. We start doubting God. We doubt if he knows what’s happening in our life. We doubt if he cares what’s happening to us. We even doubt if he is able to do anything for us. Those are the kinds of doubts that people have when they face severe circumstances.
After Jesus finished feeding the thousands of people with the five loaves of bread and two fish, he made his disciples get into a boat to go back across the Sea of Galilee while he went up on a mountain to pray.
When the disciples were far out at sea a storm came up. So, Jesus came to them by walking on the water. At first the disciples thought it was a ghost but Jesus calmed their fears and told them, “Don’t worry! I am Jesus. Don’t be afraid.” Peter was so confident that he even got out of the boat to walk to Jesus. But along the way he took his eyes off Jesus and realized how strong the wind was and how big the waves were and started sinking. Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and helped Peter. Now look at what Jesus said to Peter in this next verse.
Matthew 14:31 …”You surely don’t have much faith. Why do you doubt?” (CEV)
That’s what circumstances can do. They can cause you to doubt God.
In the movie, “The Count Of Monte Cristo” Edmond Dantes, a young sailor with a strong faith in God is betrayed by his best friend and then wrongly imprisoned. In his cell, he sees an inscription on the wall that reads, “God will give me justice.” Edmond clings to that hope, but year after year, God is silent and Edmond is severely tortured. Gradually, due to his circumstances, his hope fades and he begins to doubt God. And eventually his faith and love turn into anger and revenge.
How do you keep your doubts from defeating you? How do you stay confident without having any doubts?
That’s what I’m going to be speaking about this Sunday at The Bridge Church. If you’re in the area, come check us out and listen to what the Bible says about, “The Solution To My Doubts.”
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 We are often troubled, but not crushed; sometimes in doubt, but never in despair; 9 there are many enemies, but we are never without a friend; and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed. (TEV)