Gail Rodgers Sharing the Journey

Trusting God Part 7 - When Doubts Creep In

Shelly could feel her faith and trust in God beginning to waiver. She wasn’t comfortable with the doubt that nibbled at her heart and mind these days.

As the frustration and discouragement grew in her life, Shelly neglected to read her Bible. She began to neglect praying, quietly wondering if it made any difference after all.

Shelly hadn’t felt much like going to church but one Sunday morning she found herself there. It seemed like God had hand picked the sermon just for her. The verse from the Bible read:

“Faith comes from hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17

The Holy Spirit began to nudge her heart. If she wanted to have faith she knew she must not neglect God’s Word in her life.

A lukewarm heart and a doubting heart go hand in hand.

Shelly realized that through her discouragement in her circumstances she had allowed herself to drift away from God’s Word. Her Bible was left unopened these days.

To grow in your faith you must expose yourself to God’s truths in the Bible. You can’t know what God has to say to you if you’re not in His word. When you are in a valley it is especially important to give God opportunity to speak to you.

If doubt in your God is invading your heart and mind these days, do a check. Where is your Bible? Chances are you have allowed your heart and your relationship with God to become lukewarm. Lukewarmness and doubting are partners.

Spend time reading God’s Word. Start in the book of John or a Psalm a day along with a Proverb or use a good devotional book based on Scripture. Always asking God’s Spirit to open your heart and mind to receive what He has to show you. Take some time and let God know the discouragements of your heart and ask Him to speak to you. Your faith will grow as you hear and believe the Word of God.

prayer & reflection

Heavenly Father,
I confess that I have left my Bible unopened and my heart has become lukewarm. Forgive me and help me to increase my faith by spending time in Your Word. Please speak to me by the power of Your Holy Spirit as I make a fresh commitment to keep Your Word central in my life. Make it real and alive to me as I seek to apply it to my circumstances today. Till up the hard ground in my heart and let the seeds of faith fall in soft soil once again. Thank you that You care about my faith.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.