OVERCOMING DOUBT AS YOU REACH YOUR DREAM
You have a dream but you’ve hit a roadblock. Things aren’t working out the way you planned. So you start doubting your path, your ability, and where you understood God was leading you. You’ve even begun to doubt the dream you not long ago knew was meant to be.
Hear loud and clear the truth-filled two-word instructions I’m about to type.
The Roadblock To Believing
More than once in my past, I’ve struggled with doubt about my dream. Was everything I knew and believed a lie? Did I misunderstand God? Why were things taking so long? Why were there so many roadblocks and how long must I wait?
Talk about a woe-is-me grumble-filled lament. I prayed, bowed down on my knees, face to the floor with tears dripping down my face and into the carpet until the Holy Spirit who, in two words, made things perfectly clear.
Stop doubting, he spoke firmly.
The tears suddenly stopped as the Lord’s powerful truth pierced like an arrow into my heart. I lifted my head. Doubt? Me? I looked over my shoulder as though there was someone else who is doing the doubting. So I said again aloud or in my head, I can’t remember which, Who? Me? Doubt?
I didn’t realize I’d been filled with doubt. I was familiar with navigating life’s challenges and knew and really did believe I could do what I’d been given to do. Strangely enough, what God made clear to me was that his point was not about me doubting myself. The truth was, I was doubting, gulp, God.
The Problem With Doubt
People often need to doubt before they believe. In many cases, doubt leads to questions, which lead to answers. In this case, good results from doubt.
The problem with doubt is that it can also lead to stubbornness and prideful choices. This doubt is rebellion against God and easily tempts us to go our own, prideful way. This is exactly what happened in the Garden of Eden as the enemy whispered, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees of the Garden?” (Genesis 3:1).
Like Adam and Eve, I doubted what God said. Deep down, I was wishy-washy about whether or not he really wanted to do this thing through me. In the New Living Translation Bible, James 1:6 describes this doubting as
Having divided loyalty
Yep, that was me.
Thankfully, God made it immediately clear about where I’d been placing my trust—or where I hadn’t been placing it. I soon realized the roadblocks I was experiencing were self-made. Now, I was confronted with the fact that I would either need to stay stuck in what felt like a hopeless struggle and eventually grow weary and give up entirely or I would have to ask for forgiveness and change.
Ugh, change I thought. Change what? Change how?
Change my doubt to belief.
Moving From Doubt to Believing
Believing without seeing. Believing in something that has no substance, shape, or past is not our typical response especially when something seems out of reach and out of our comfort zone. Yet, it’s exactly how we’re expected to live.
In fact, believing without seeing is opposite of what we naturally understand to be the way to direct our lives. Our preference is to see and then believe. This way seems easier to trust.
You know the story of doubting Thomas. Thomas didn’t believe the risen Jesus was standing among the disciples until he saw the wounds on Jesus’ hands. Then, Jesus said to him, You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.
The One who designed you and wrote a dream on your heart can be trusted … even more than what your eyes see.
Get to know him more. Listen for his direction. Change.
Move from doubt to belief. Receive the blessing of believing without seeing.
Stop doubting and believe.
Jesus to Thomas