The Doubt

July 6, 2014
by Julie Bowles

Genesis 3:1 – Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?" (NIV)

The seed of doubt that was planted in the mind of Eve by the serpent in the Book of Genesis still has the ability to rear its ugly head in our minds and hearts today.

Just like sin, doubt can creep right in, in a way that we aren't even aware that it has come. At times, it is so subtle, as it attaches itself to our emotions. Soon, we begin to make decisions and go about our days with doubt within. Others will say, "Oh, you can do that," as doubt gently whispers, "No, you can't!"

Such was the case for me this past week as I prepared a eulogy for a memorial. A few days before, the Lord had clearly given me what He wanted me to share. As it got closer and closer, I began to doubt whether I would be able to share it. I knew that people were praying, and I had done this before, so it made sense that I could do it again this time. Doubt told me, "Not so! You would be unable to get the words out. You would be sobbing and unable to speak."

When I asked for prayer, a friend who also writes replied, "I will pray, but you need to know that in such situations, a strange peace comes over you, and you can and will speak with confidence, assurance, control, and love."

The day came, and the doubt still seemed so much larger than the life I wanted to share about. I feared that I would fail. Then God broke through in His perfect timing. He gently reminded me that for the past five years, I had been this man's voice, as he was non-verbal. He reminded me that I had just spent a week being an advocate for this man during his final days in the hospital. I could honour this man in such a way that people would be touched, and healing would begin.

One of the lessons here is about the danger of relying on self-confidence: thinking that we can only do things that we have done before. Even more concerning is giving in to the doubt that stops us from even trying new things. When God is invited and included, then He can bring the comfort and peace that passes all understanding. He even promises us in His Word:

Psalm 23:6 – Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (NKJV)

If goodness and mercy are following us, then anything else — like fear and doubt — must follow behind. Yes, they may try to creep in, but "He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." (1 John 4:4b NKJV)

Prayer: Dear Lord, we thank You so much for Your goodness and mercy in our lives. We want to do Your works in boldness and gentleness, not in fear and doubt. Help us daily to do this work. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Julie Bowles <julieanni@rogers.com>
Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good one Julie. Thank you!


    A good word for today Julie.


    How very true. Good message, Julie.
    Thank you.


    Thank you, Julie, for this encouraging word. Yes, I believe we can do what we have never done before with the Lord’s help.
    God bless.


    Dear Julie:
    Thank you so much for your wonderful words. I too suffered from speaking in front of people since I was in Grade 9. When I did my Profession of Faith that all changed. I now speak in front of our congregation occasionally but even volunteer. With God all things are possible.
    God bless you and your ministry.


    Good morning Julie
    I’m certain that you did an absolutely fine job with the eulogy.
    You’re right that we do allow doubt to seep into our minds, even when we know we shouldn’t.
    For those times when doubt tries to take hold, we do need to remember that God is always there for us to lean upon and HE can chase away all doubts and fears! Do continue to write.
    God bless!


    Thank you Julie for this inspiring devotional. To God be the glory!
    Blessings.

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