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Throwback Thursday: Silencing Doubt

 

SILENCING DOUBT

By Carolyn Dale Newell

But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.”

Luke 1:20 NKJV

Do you ever find it difficult to believe God will fulfill His promises? Do you struggle to trust Him to provide when the bank account is empty? Have you stopped believing He will heal?

You are not alone. Even Zacharias, a devout priest, could not believe the words of Gabriel concerning the promised birth of John the Baptist.

Zacharias and Elizabeth had longed for a child. They are the New Testament Abraham and Sarah.

Gabriel appeared before Zacharias as he performed his priestly duties in the temple. He told Zacharias his prayers would be answered with the birth of a son, but not just any child. He was the forerunner for the Messiah.

Zacharias wanted proof. He doubted Gabriel’s news. They were old, and Elizabeth was well past her childbearing years. The angel reminded the priest he was Gabriel, the archangel. He had been sent by God to bring these glad tidings, but Zacharias responded in unbelief. Gabriel informed Zacharias he would be mute because of his disbelief. Doubt was silenced, not likely what Zacharias had in mind as proof.

Mary received a visit from the same angel. She responded in faith, not in doubt. Gabriel told Mary she would give birth to the Son of God. Such astonishing news, but she believed and rejoiced.

Both Zacharias and Mary were fearful at the sight of an angel. Gabriel encouraged both of them not to fear.

Mary’s question was one of curiosity. How could she give birth as a virgin?

A wise old priest failed to trust the promise from God, but a young teenage girl’s faith encompassed much more.

Gabriel revealed Elizabeth’s news to Mary, because they were kin. Mary journeyed to the house of Elizabeth and Zacharias. Imagine the dinner table talk between faithful Mary and Elizabeth. Two women, in the same family, were selected by God to give birth to special little boys.

Zacharias’ speech did not return until after the child was born, and it was time to name him. Obviously, Zacharias had communicated Gabriel’s message to his wife, because she knew to name the baby John.

Without a doubt, doubt dies hard. Like poison ivy, it continues to come back. We are children of God residing in bodies of flesh. Bodies prone to disease. Bodies prone to injury. Bodies prone to sin, and bodies prone to doubt.

In a promise-breaking world, doubt comes naturally, yet, God has never broken a promise. His timing may not match ours, but God always breaks through. Silence doubt before doubt silences you.

Doubt mutes our testimonies. It is an affront to God, our heavenly Father. The inability to believe hinders us from encouraging others. Stand firm on the truth in Luke 1:37: “For with God nothing will be impossible.”

Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Luke 1:5-45.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Shun every thought of doubt as soon as it enters your mind. Avoid people who cannot believe, and surround yourself with those who believe all things are possible with God.

Copyright 2017 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Throwback Thursday: Getting Direction From God

GETTING DIRECTION FROM GOD

 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

Have you ever struggled with making a big decision? Perhaps you were choosing the right job or the best school. What about the right person to marry? Big decisions must be made in God’s will.

Eliezer had to choose a wife, but not for himself. His master, Abraham had appointed Eliezer as matchmaker for his son, Isaac. What a task! Abraham did not want Isaac marrying a Canaanite woman. Isaac’s bride must come from Abraham’s former country and family, but Isaac could not go there himself.

Eliezer arrived in Nahor, stopping at a well where he prayed for success with this huge responsibility. Women were coming to the well for water, so he made a specific prayer request. He would ask for a drink of water. Isaac’s bride would be the one who would give him a drink and then offer to water his camels.

Before he could finish speaking, Rebekah approached the well. She gladly gave Eliezer a drink of water, and just as he had prayed, she offered to give water to his camels until they were finished drinking.

Eliezer watched her in amazement. Not only had God directed him to Rebekah, but she was generous and beautiful. He confirmed that she was from Abraham’s family, and then he worshiped God, giving Him thanks.

Friend, when faced with decisions, we must pray and trust God. According to our verse, we cannot lean on our own understanding. We cannot doubt that the answer is from God when we have asked Him to guide us. As James says, “For he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind” (James 1:6b). When we ask God to direct our steps, we must believe that He is leading us. Times of indecision will be conquered with time in prayer.

MEMORY VERSE

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.” Ps. 37:23 NKJV

OPEN YOUR BIBLE

Read Gen. 24:1-28.

THE NAMES OF GOD

Jehovah Rohi – The Lord My Shepherd

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Ps. 23:1 NKJV

As a shepherd guides his sheep, so Jehovah Rohi guides His children. Shepherds lead sheep to good grazing areas away from high cliffs and danger. Jehovah Rohi leads believers in the paths we should take. Abraham’s servant had learned enough from his master to ask God for direction in choosing Isaac’s bride. Jehovah Rohi has not changed. He will guide us in the same way He guided Eliezer.

WALKING THE WALK

As you pray for God’s guidance, consider the following:

 

Does the decision contradict Scripture? God will never lead you to do anything contrary to His Word.

  • Is there sin in your life? If yes, you need to take care of that area of your life before making any major decisions.
  • Does the decision glorify God?

Heavenly Father,

It lifts a weight off our shoulders knowing that we can ask You to lead and direct our steps. Help us live holy lives giving You glory in all we do. Amen.

 

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Have you ever wanted to share your testimony? In 2019, Thursdays will become “Testimonial Thursday” and I want to feature the testimonies of others. Submission guidelines will be announced later, but if this is something that interests you, could you please leave me a comment? Thanks, and happy Thursday!!