The Biggest Lie Ever Told
Have you ever belted out lyrics to a song one way for months, even years, only to find out what you thought the singer was saying is not really the way the song goes?
This happens to me… a lot. Just last week, in fact. I remember the moment I discovered what I’d been saying versus what was actually said.
“Wow, I was way off!”
God’s Word tells us that, “Anything not of faith is sin.” But when we doubt, rarely do we see it as rejecting God. Here’s how Webster defines doubt:
To be uncertain about something: to believe that something may not be true or is unlikely: to have no confidence in someone or something.
Now, put that definition next to the characteristics of God, and it’s almost offensive that we’d allow doubt to creep even remotely close to what He speaks over our lives.
“I know what You promised, Lord, but I’m uncertain about You.”
“Sorry, God, I don’t believe what You say is true. As a matter of fact, what You say is highly unlikely based on what’s going on right now.”
“Well, Jesus. I know You died for me. I know You rose from the grave. But I still have no confidence in You or Your ways.”
But this is what doubt says. We’ve been turning our backs to God and not even realizing it.
Maybe for you, doubt manifests as a small denial of a compliment given to you. Someone says you look nice and you immediately brush it off and resort to expressing how you don’t like your hair, your outfit, your weight.
Maybe you have an idea that will help people and use a good amount of your gifts and talents. But every time you work on that idea, you panic, quit, or allow yourself to get distracted. One inkling of opposition and suddenly the task ahead is too much to handle. You’re not qualified enough to make that idea happen anyway, right?
Or maybe you’ve lived a tough life. Staying encouraged has always been a problem for you, primarily because not many good things have happened to you. So, when a good thing comes your way, you cut it off at the ankles with defeated words.
“I don’t have enough [fill in the blank] for that.” “That will never happen.” "Maybe I wasn’t meant to live that type of life."
In one of her published journals, writer and poet, Sylvia Plath, once said, “I talk to God but the sky is empty.”
A definite contradiction.
Why talk to Him if you don’t believe He’s there? But, again—this is doubt. And we’ve all reflected it at some point—praying to God with shaky confidence that He’ll come through, then questioning when His timing doesn’t seem right.
If we want to truly live in purpose, doubt has to go. We’ve been way off; blurting the wrong words about who we are for too long. It’s time to sing a new tune. And for the next week, we'll take the steps to do just that.
I hope this series points you in the right direction to becoming #doubtfree.
God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through? (Numbers 23:19)
Having trouble with doubt? Put your life in God’s hands today.