A Response to Doubt

Satan Causes Doubt

Is there any certainty out there in a world that tells us that there are no absolutes? Each person has their own truth. If you believe it, it is good for you. No one wants to step on the toes of the person beside them. This is how Satan has caused doubt in believers. He uses the “Did God actually say…” to cause doubt in our minds.

We hear people, even “pastors”, say that God tells us to love everyone and not to judge others. They quote the Scriptures by saying, “Judge not, lest you be judged,” and “Take the plank out of your own eye before you take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.” (Matthew 7:1-4 ESV) People use verses like these out of context to justify sin and to avoid accountability.

This is Satan’s oldest trick in the book. Genesis 3 : 1 says, “Now the Serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God actually say, you shall not eat of any tree in the Garden?’” (Genesis 3:1 ESV)

God had actually said they could eat from any tree in the garden, except for one. Satan, as the serpent, caused doubt in Eve’s mind. She confused what God did and didn’t say. In the end, she chose to eat the fruit of the tree. Sin entered the world. She gave it to her husband, and he ate, too. They did not remember or seek out the truth.

Jesus’s Response

Did you know that even Jesus was tempted to sin as well? The account is in Matthew 4. Jesus went into the wilderness, and he didn’t eat for 40 days. Satan came and tempted Jesus to turn stones into bread to eat, but Jesus responded by quoting Scripture. Jesus said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4 : 4 ESV)

Satan didn’t stop there. He tried two more times to tempt Jesus, even using Scripture to cause Jesus to doubt and waver. Kind of sounds similar to the people and pastors mentioned above who use Bible verses to cause doubt.

Unlike Eve, Jesus rejected all temptation and always responded with the truths of the Bible.

Our Response

When we are faced with doubt and start to question God, we need to remember that these thoughts are not from God. We must combat Satan by using the Bible in the correct way. 

However, if we don’t read the Bible, we can’t know God’s Word. We need to read the Bible every day. Also, we should pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us in understanding the Bible; after all, Jesus sent Him to be our guide and teacher. If I have questions about what I’m reading in the Word, I will often ask a group of ladies in my Bible study through my local church, or my pastor, who happens to be my husband. Pastors love to see the growth in our lives. 

God wants us to know Him, and He will guide us in the TRUTH.

Tracy

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.