Day 50: February 19, 2023

Enter, Doubt  

Key Verse to Read and Treasure

Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.—Genesis 18:14 (NIV)

For Insight

If only doubt entered in as a monstrous figure, then we would run from it, close the windows, put deadlocks on the doors. But doubt does not come in as an ugly, raging monster like the ones we saw in our childhood nightmares. It comes in subtly and a little at a time. It comes in over the time things don’t look promising.  It looks sophisticated. It sounds logical; it makes sense. It is very intellectual: acting like it knows things we don’t know or can’t understand with our little mind. It gives us something to think about. It helps us ask ourselves “intelligent” and thought-provoking questions. It also emboldens us to challenge the power, promises, and integrity of God.

After Jesus had been resurrected from the dead—just as God had promised him and Jesus had told the disciples—Matthew wrote that Jesus appeared to them, walking through a locked door, “When they saw Him, they worshiped Him, but some doubted.” (Matt. 28:17)

The disciples were not in agreement about Jesus. Some believed it was him and worshiped him and others believed it was a ghost and refused to worship. They were divided. Like being in a mixed or unequally yoked marriage where one spouse believes in the power or prayer and relies upon the promises of God, whereas the other poo-poo’s that approach and believes a more worldly approach and human effort is more productive.

You might understand that. You might know some marriages just like that. Those are difficult places to achieve any success or make progress in a good way. There might be a union but little unity. When two people pull against one another you can’t get anywhere; you can‘t experience all the blessings God wants to send or bring into your life, family, finances, or relationship.

When we are unequally yoked in faith everything takes longer but we should know God will never be denied the outcome he has planned and ordained. There is nothing too hard for him to accomplish even when we have messed up, fallen short, or given up. Abraham and Sarah had tried their way and it didn’t work out. They made a big mess of things, disrupted some plans along the way, made some people miserable, but God proved he could not only do the impossible in situations that seemed beyond redemption but he could take their and our messes and use them for something good.

God you are great and greatly to be praised and worshiped. May we never doubt how big or powerful you are. May we always believe there is nothing too hard for you to do or accomplish. Amen                   

For Application

What in your life or circumstances can you apply Genesis 18:14 to? On a scale of 1-10 where do you fall for believing there is nothing too hard for God?

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