Will the Lord reject forever?
And will He never be favorable again?
Has His lovingkindness ceased forever?
Has His promise come to an end forever?
Has God forgotten to be gracious,
Or has He in anger withdrawn His compassion?
There is one thing we are all extremely good at. It’s something that doesn’t take much effort and comes naturally.
We doubt everything.
We doubt that we can achieve our dreams. We doubt that we will ever have the life that we’ve always wanted. We doubt that we are loved. We doubt the existence of God. We doubt the love that He has for us.
And we are really, really good at it.
When we go through tough times, our first instinct tells us to question everything. We let doubt set in. Anything and everything that once made us confident now makes us insecure. We stop feeling safe and start feeling as if the world is crashing down around us. And once that happens we put ourselves in a dangerous place. A place filled with uncertainty, regret, shame and worthlessness. A place where we don’t want to be, but somehow we always find ourselves there. When we doubt, we start thinking that we can do things better on our own.
In Psalm 77, David does what we all do. He questions God’s goodness. He questions if God is really for him. He questions God’s promises. When I have some tough days, that’s exactly what I do, too. Is God really good? Does He really want the best for me? Why is it that what I see as good isn’t what He sees as good? Does He hear my prayers? Has He forgotten about my desires? Are His promises real? Is He really with me? The list of questions could go on and on…but we have to stop somewhere. We all get tired of questioning God.
David also recognized that questioning God won’t get him anywhere. So he goes on to say –
I shall remember the deeds of the Lord;
Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.
I will meditate on all Your work
And muse on Your deeds.
Your way, O God, is holy;
What god is great like our God?
You are the God who works wonders;
You have made known Your strength among the peoples.
David questions, but then he remembers. He remembers all that God has done for him. He remembers God’s goodness, love and promises. David stops and sees God for who He is rather than trying to find a quick fix to his tough situation. There are situations that present themselves that we have no other option, but to trust in God, which is a pretty sweet place to be, but sometimes it’s extremely hard. When we feel like we have lost all control, that’s good because then we have time to remember Him. So sure, ask questions, but don’t forget to remember all that He has done for you. Don’t let your doubt get in the way of Jesus loving you the way He wants to love you.
I’ll be the first one to say that I’ve doubted everything. I’ve doubted my family, my friends, myself and mostly God. You name it – I’ve doubted it. All the doubt comes down to my belief in one thing – the act of sacrifice Jesus Christ showed me on the cross.
Do I really believe it?
Do you really believe it?
Do you believe the Son of God died for you? Do you really believe that He would take all of your sins on His back and die for you even though He was perfect? Do you really believe that He took your place on the cross and suffered the death you deserved? Do you really believe it, or do you doubt it?
Brother and sister, I encourage you to believe this truth. You may have times when your faith waivers, but nothing should touch the belief you have in the Almighty God who is the only giver of life.
When doubt sets in, remember Him.