The Danger of Doubt

Text: John 4:11
The woman said to him, ‘Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? (NRSV)

Have you doubted that God can get you through your current situation?  Have you heard the promises that God will give you peace in the middle of the storms of life?  Have you heard the promises that God will give you the abundant life?  Have you heard the promise that God will give you joy?  And, yet, in your spirit you are saying, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep.”

I think we all fall into times of doubt.  It seems to be human nature to back away from God when we need God the most.  When things look bleak and our lives are in turmoil, too many times instead of running to God and letting God provide the peace, the abundant life, the joy, we insist on taking control of our own lives and, more often than not, make bad decisions that cause us more pain and suffering.

When the woman at the well asked Jesus where he got the living water of which he spoke, Jesus made it clear that the “living water” of which he spoke was found in a relationship with him.  It is in a relationship with Jesus that we find the promises of God fulfilled.  If our reaction is to doubt Jesus’ capacity to deliver on the promises of God, we will back away from the relationship and turn to our own resources and we will never receive the living water.  But when we turn to Jesus in our times of need and let him minister to our hurts, the peace of God, the abundant life, and the joy of Christ fill us even in the middle of the storm.

Do not let doubt keep you from a relationship with Jesus during the crises of your life.  Instead, allow the crises of life to remind you that it is only as we turn to Jesus that the healing begins.

Pray with me:

God of creation, you know best what I need in my times of suffering.  You who have created me and given me the breath of life, have the resources I need to move through my times of brokenness into your promises.  Take away my doubts and my discouragement that I might turn to Jesus and receive the living water that brings peace, joy, and the abundant life.  AMEN.

Related Posts

No Comments


Recent

Archive

 2021

Categories

no categories

Tags

Anger Authentic Bible Body of Christ Broken world Centered Changed Child of God Chosen people Comfortable Discipleship Discipline Doubt Faith Following Jesus Generosity Gifts of the Spirit Giving God at work God's Glory God's call God's creation God's economy God's face God's leading God's light God's love God's plan God's presence God's voice God's ways God's way God's will be done God's will God's word God\'s Glory God\'s face God\'s leading God\'s light God\'s love God\'s presence God\'s will be done God\'s will God\'s word God\\\'s leading God\\\'s love God\\\\\\\'s love Godhead God Hands and feet of Jesus Hearing God Holiness Holy Spirit Jealous Jesus is Lord Jesus the healer Jesus Justice Kingdom life Kingdom of God Knowing God Laughter Light of the world Living Word Lord and God Lord Made new Newness of life Norms Obey Radical Transformation Recreate Refreshed Sabbath Sanctified Satan Saul Savior Seeing God Shalom Soulmate Spirit of God Standing before God Testify The Church The Gospel of Jesus Christ The Great Commission The family of God The new people of God The people of God Transformation Trinity Truth in love Truth Unconditional love Values Voice of God Weary Worship Written word abundance action affirmation anchor answered prayer anxiety arguments ask God asking God assurance attentive awe be ready believe born again born from above broken call to ministry calm caretakers celebrate children of God choice choosing comfort commandments community compassion confession conversation with God creation decision defending God dependent depression devotions direction discouraged distractions do no harm empowered eternal life evangelism evidence examine excuses expectations expecting God experience failure faint faithful fear finding God finding Jesus follow through forgiveness free from sin free will freedom gathered giving God the glory godly good news good works grace grief grieving guidance happiness hard hate healing helpless help holy living holy hope humility hunger injustice intentional intercesor intervene intimate joy knowing Jesus knowledge learning letting go life in the Kingdom life listening living looking for God love God love neighbor love self love loving God loving Jesus loving others mature meaning meditate meditation mercy ministry miserable mistakes motivation new begging new life overcome overflowing partnering peace persecuting Jesus persistence power prayer predestination priorities proclaim promises of God pure purity purpose real deal reconciliation recreated redeeming redeem refining refuge rejection rejoice relationship remember rescue response rest resurrection revelation righteousness risk rules sacrifice salvation sanctification scarcity scripture searching seeking God self-care selfish selfless servant servent service set apart simple simplicity simplify sinners sinner sin solitude spending time with Jesus spiritual disciplines spiritual exercises spiritual growth spirituality start over status quo stewardship steward storms stress struggle success suffering teaching temptation the unknown time with God tired together trust in God trust understanding unexpected victory vision waiting on God walking with God wear out welcome wisdom witness wonder worries worry