“They didn’t go down on their price,” my husband said with a tone of defeat.
I looked down at my pregnant belly and tried to fight tears. This was the second offer we’d made on a house we hoped to make our home, but things weren’t going as planned. We would have to walk away.
For what seemed the hundredth time that week, I questioned God. Were we making a huge mistake?
Our old house sat on the other side of the country, unsellable. My in-laws basement was our temporary living quarters while the birth of our second son inched closer. My husband was commuting 75 miles one way to work and my stress level was climbing by the hour.
Before deciding to move, we came to God numerous times in prayer. We were sure we had a green light. But when problems mounted and there was no end in sight, I thought perhaps we heard wrong.
I doubted the steps we took forward in faith.
Doubt led to discouragement, and soon I couldn’t see anything but the problems in front of us. I forgot the countless ways God delivered us from troubles in the past. I forgot his ways were higher and his resources were limitless.
When we go through seasons of doubt, it’s easy to think God is disappointed with us. We struggle to see how our situation will improve and instead of coming to him in complete honesty, we distance ourselves. We further obscure our vision because of our failure to communicate.
If we look in scripture, we see men and women of God are no strangers to doubt. Its pages are filled with stories of God-following individuals who, despite seeing miracles and being delivered from dire circumstances, questioned their Maker.
So how does He respond to doubters? With an iron fist? Not exactly. Usually, his response is more like that of a loving Father.
Here are five things God wants you to know if you struggle with doubt: