We all have doubts occasionally, e.g., I doubt that God’s plan is better than mine because I want to control the situation. But doubt does not mean that I don’t trust in what God has for me, rather it just defies my human logic at times.
Doubt means a feeling of uncertainty. This feeling comes naturally to us. We feel uncertain about many things. We equate those uncertain thoughts with faithless doubt, and then think our sincere doubts are inappropriate or even sinful. We may even wonder if God is angry that we have doubts. A helpful story is that of Thomas found in John 20.
When Thomas heard of the news of Jesus being risen, he said, “I will never believe” (John 20:25). In response to this, Jesus showed himself to Thomas, and Thomas believed. God does not get angry when we doubt. No, He already knows what is in our hearts and what is going through our heads. He is not angry with us for having doubts. Just as Jesus showed Thomas, God is showing us every day.
Satan would love nothing more for us than to turn our doubts into misbelief or fear. Satan would love nothing more than for us to continue in doubtful ways. However, in the passage, it says “ Jesus said, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe’” (John 20:29).
God is showing us that He is there every day and that He has a plan. What we need to do is believe Him even through our doubts. A practical way to help with this is when you doubt pray. Pray for peace. Pray for wisdom. Pray for God to help you in your unbelief. Meditate on God’s word and promises in your life.