I don’t know about you, but I have some doubts in my life. That may come as a surprise to those who know me, be sometimes we’re good at making others believe we always have it together. I have my doubts about being good enough for certain people. I have doubts that I’m not living up to my full potential or being the man I’m capable of being.
At times, those doubts are momentary obstacles that get in my way, they merely slow me down but I still find success. Other times, doubts will paralyze me with indecision in the present or with regret in hindsight, thinking of how I could’ve made better decisions or taken more decisive action.
I share these feelings with candor and humility because I know there are others out there who are adversely affected by the doubts in their lives. I know there are people out there who feel they have no place to turn and have resigned themselves to always feeling incapable in some way. So I would like to share with you where I turn in times of doubt.
“When the cares of my heart are many,
your consolations cheer my soul.”
I believe God knows full well the kind of doubts and fears we all experience in life. I’m convinced that’s why he included so many promises of hope and commitment in his word. Our God wants us to rest in the knowledge that he is there for us and we have nothing to fear (Isaiah 41:10). He wants his children to run to him with their cares and worries so he can console us like a good Father would. I believe God knows how his adversary the Devil will try to convince us of our inability and ineptitude. He knows that Satan is trying to separate us from the love and comfort that only God can provide.
That’s why he wants us to turn to him in times of doubt. God wants us to give him our trust and know that it won’t be betrayed. He wishes for Christians to do as our name implies and following his footsteps, knowing with assurance that he will never lead us astray. And even if doubts do arise or mistakes do happen, he loves us still the same.
Where do you turn in times of doubt? I hope it’s into the open arms of our loving God!