- Published: Thursday, 17 January 2019 17:27
- Written by Bethany Looyenga
Sometimes I find myself doubting. The definition of doubt is not pretty at all, here it is: (1) to be uncertain; consider questionable or unlikely; hesitate to believe (2) to distrust (3) to fear; be apprehensive about (4) to be uncertain about something; be undecided in opinion or belief (5) a feeling of uncertainty about the truth, reality, or nature of something. (6) distrust
That's a lot of fear, disbelief, and anxiety wrapped up in the one word: doubt
I don't want it. Do you ever feel doubtful about the things God has promised you? Or even what you believe, or doubtful in trusting God? Does your opinion waver in that God will pull through for you? Sometimes it can all seem rather bleak and I will start to doubt that I heard God correctly.
I've been reading through the Book of Isaiah and I've been pausing on chapter 11 for several days now. I love the first few versus:
The cut-off stump of Jesse will sprout, and a fruitful Branch will grow from his roots: the Spirit of Yahwey will be upon him, the Spirit of Extraordinary Wisdom, the Spirit of Perfect Understanding, the Spirit of Wise Strategy, the Spirit of Mighty Power, the Spirit of Revelation, and the Spirit of the Fear of Yahweh. He will find his delight in living by the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord.
These versus are talking about the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
As I've been pondering this daily, I've been speaking these deep roots, this very Spirit upon my own life and my family. When I begin to feel any doubt creep in, I pray for the Sirit of the Fear of the Lord and the Fear of Extraordinary Wisdom. When I am confused or over whelmed I pray for the Spirit of Perfect Understanding and the Spirit of Mighty Power. When I'm not sure what our next move should be in business or ministry, I pray for the Spirit of Wise Strategy.
What do you do to combat doubt? How is God impacting your life today with his Spirit of life and hope?