Doubts of a Believer

Harry Buis

READ : Luke 1:18-25

Zechariah believes in the promises of God. But this is too much. He knows his wife has never been able to have a child and now is beyond the age where she can expect one. God’s message has come to Zechariah, but he has his doubts. How encouraging to us who believe in Christ as our Savior but have difficulty believing some specific promise. God was gracious to Zechariah. He didn’t say, “You are a doubter, so I will find someone else.” We do not have perfect faith, but we do believe in the right Person.

What are some of the promises you doubt? Do you doubt the one about tithing found in Malachi? There God says that if we give the full tithe to His work, He will open up the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing. In other words, you will be better off in everyway, including financially, if you tithe. Do you believe that promise? Are you tithing? There are many other areas where our actions reveal our doubts. A gracious God still loves us but would like to see us have greater faith and act on that faith. God loves doubting believers. But there is a price to pay. Zechariah is struck dumb, because he hears “good news” (v. 19) from God but doubts. So with us. We impoverish our lives by the littleness of our faith and our resulting inaction.

PRAYER

Father, we believe, give us stronger faith. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.