But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
Doubt is an inevitable part of life, and having some doubt – for instance, about politicians’ campaign promises – can be a good thing. We don’t want to fall for every sales pitch. We don’t want to nod dumbly to the talking heads of the media. We don’t want our votes or our money to be wasted on empty promises. As they say in Missouri, “Show me!”
But even more important than the mental check of doubt, we need trust. It is trust between people that builds bonds. It is trust that sustains a marriage. It is trust that allows a free society to function without everything being regulated and tied up in bureaucracy and red tape and a jungle of laws. Most important, it is trust in God the Father that sustains our faith.
Shakespeare said, “Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”
Doubt can make our lives smaller. It can make us less courageous. It can keep us from taking the leaps of faith necessary to succeed. It can even keep us from listening to God.
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Today, purge yourself of fear and doubt. Trust in God, pray for His Guidance, and abide by His Words.