Luke 24:36-38: “Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?”
Faith is a seed. As it is watered, it grows.
But, did you know that doubt is also a seed? The same thing happens - as it is watered, it grows.
Faith in God is easy to decide and define, but we sometimes struggle to define what doubt is.
In a group today, I was asked what doubt is. I spent a good amount of time pondering this question.
Doubt really is faith, but it’s not faith in what we should have faith in. Doubt is faith that what God promises will not come true.
As mentioned earlier, doubt is a seed. It starts simply a thought. But, as it’s watered, it grows into a fear that God’s Word and God’s promises will not come to pass.
Someone in the group also made a point, though, that doubt becomes something you think about and then you start believing that doubt. When you start believing the doubt, that’s faith.
The seed of doubt becomes a seed of faith against God.
James 1:5-8: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
Both faith and doubt are there for the taking, but God only rewards faith. He doesn’t reward doubt. And the condition to our prayers being answered is having faith without doubt.
So, if both faith and doubt are seeds, which one are you watering today?