Psa 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
Do you know anyone who has had doubts in their faith? Maybe somebody you looked up to and respected confessed doubts to you. Or maybe you have had doubts yourself. If you are one of God’s children and have ever had a doubt regarding your faith, don’t worry. You are in good company.
Do you remember Jonah? God sent him to testify to the people of Nineveh about the saving power of God. Jonah thought God was crazy to want to witness to these people. Jonah hopped on a boat to run. God sent a storm and when the sailors threw him overboard God sent a whale to swallow him. Where do you think that whale took Jonah? Yes, right to the shore of Nineveh.
Jonah gave in and preached to the people there and guess what? They repented of their sins and glorified God! Jonah was elated! Wait, no he wasn’t. Jonah got mad at God for causing spiritual revival in the land of Nineveh. But Jonah wasn’t the only person in the bible to have doubts about the LORD. What about Elijah? Elijah was the prophet of God who challenged Ahab and Jezebel’s priests of Baal to a duel. 1Ki 18:24 And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.
We know from our own studies that God indeed answered this challenge, sending fire from heaven devouring the bull, the alter of stone, all the water in the pit. A marvelous miracle in the sight of all. Yet, when the parties had retired to the king Ahab’s city of Jezreel, Ahab got word that queen Jezebel sought his life. After a fantastic display of God’s power through His prophet Elijah, Elijah ran away and hid himself.
It’s not easy, most times, for a believer to stay on the mountain top. That’s how God planned it for us. God has given His children a faith that must be exercised in the valleys where people are. On high mountain tops there are no rivers of water, there is no growing thing, there are none of God’s lost sheep. When we feel weak we should think of the LORD. Neh 8:10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength. If we have a little trouble with doubt, say a little prayer to the one who gives the strength to endure. Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Heb 12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.