• Danny Domingo

DOUBTING


Doubting ourselves is one way we stop ourselves from living the life that God wants us to have. There are many reasons why we doubt. It could be that people have been telling us that we are not good enough, we compare our abilities from others that are better than us, or we have low self-esteem. No matter the reasons for our doubt, God always thinks highly of us. He does not focus on our limitations, but He focuses on the great possibilities that He can accomplish in our lives. We are indeed limited to what we can do, but God is not limited to what He can do in our lives. God is big enough to handle our limitations, and He is strong enough to carry us through this life. If we lack wisdom, he can supply us with wisdom. If we lack strength, He can strengthen us with His unlimited power. If we need opportunities, He can open the door for us. There is nothing impossible with God.

There was a paralytic man that had been lying next to the pool of Bethesda for healing. According to the tradition, when an angel stirred the pool, the first person who got into the water would be healed instantly. Although the paralytic man couldn't jump into the pool by himself, he never gave up. As people jumped over him to get ahead of him, he never lost his hope and determination that someday he would be able to get into the pool first. The paralytic man had all the reason to doubt. However, when Jesus went up to him, he received his healing.

In the same manner, Jesus can do miraculous things in our lives. Instead of focusing on what we cannot do, let us focus on what God can do in our lives. God is not only the savior of our lives, but He is also the sustainer of our lives. When we doubt, let us remind ourselves of these Scripture verses. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."(Philippians 4:13). "'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11). Memorize these two verses and recite them when you are doubting about your future.

Ask yourself these questions: What should I do when I am in doubt about my future? What are the two verses that I need to memorize to remind myself of God's promises when I am in doubt?

Write down all the worries that you are facing today and lift them up to God.

Prayer:

Father in Heaven, thank you for reassuring me this morning that my life is in your hand and that I have hope in the future because you can do great things in my life. Please help me not to doubt, but to hold on to your promises. Please help me memorize your words to remind myself of your wonderful plan in my life when I am in doubt. Please help me now with (mention your prayer requests). In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.