The Danger of Doubt (2 Kings 18:9-19:37; Psalm 46, 80, 135)

Do not let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in the Lord when he says, ‘The Lord will surely deliver us; this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.’ (2 Kings 18:30)

Doubt is an enemy of trust, and since trust must be at the root of man’s relationship with God, doubt is naturally one of the first things that the Enemy seeks to instill in God’s servants.  As early as the Garden of Eden, God was asking people to trust Him, which is why He gave Adam and Eve one rule.  Essentially He was saying to them, Can you trust that I have your best in mind?  If so, then simply obey this one rule.  We all know how that went: Satan was able to successfully cast doubt on God’s benevolence as Adam and Eve took the bait.

The king of Assyria was also seeking to cast doubt on God’s goodness to the people of Judah.  You don’t think God will save you, do you?  Surely you can see that no other god has protected people from Assyria.  Do the smart thing and surrender; you’ll be better off that way.  

I wonder how many people of God have missed out on God’s divine provisions simply because they doubted He would actually come through.

Rather than being patient for God’s timing, Satan leverages doubt to tempt us into believing that God is asleep or that He has forgotten about our situation.  It is a lie.  God is aware.  He has not forgotten.  He will come through.

The next time doubts creep into your mind, take a step back and examine what’s really going on.  Ask yourself if God has truly abandoned you and whether or not He can actually be trusted.  Call Satan’s schemes for what they are: “Doubt, you will not own me.  I trust that I have a heavenly Father who will come through.”

Father, it is so easy to be crippled by doubt, and I believe that doubt is one of (if not the) biggest enemies of trusting You.  Give me the wisdom I need to know the temptation when it confronts me, and give me the courage to call it what it is.  Help me to trust You in all circumstances and to rely solely on You to get me through.

About Seth

Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.

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