by Ruth Greene
“Why do You forget us forever, and forsake us for so long a time?” – Lamentations 5:20, NKJV
Doubt has torn at YHWH’s people through the ages. Doubt could be defined as the uncertainty of belief or lack of confidence. No wonder with the poor example and selfishness shown by so many, especially leaders that demand that they hold the righteousness of Messiah in their lofty stations! (“Winners Instead of Whiners“; “Victory Over Wickedness“; “Breaking Strongholds of False Authority“)
Applied to the Christian life, doubt refers to the unbelief in what YHWH says, even His promises for faithfulness as a disciple of the Messiah. It is possible that in a moment of infirmity that a disciple can come to doubt the existence of Elohim [YHWH, ‘God’] in spite of the fact that it is not reasonable to do so. This conclusion usually results because of personal pain or affliction. (Psalm 10:4, 14:1-3, 33:13-14, 53:1, 102:19; Romans 3:12, consider reading all of Romans 3 for reference) This collapse of trust is always borne in fear, springing from what appears to be momentary defeat or like Elijah against Queen Jezebel, great spiritual victory. After a spiritual victory, a disciple may come to feel alone and compromised. (1 Kings 18:1-39; Lamentations 5:1-22; 1 Peter 5:8; 1 Corinthians 2:6, 13; 1 Timothy 6:20) Satan and the world under him want to devour your testimony through doubt and oppression. (“Living in an Apostate World“; “Ya Gotta Have Roots!“)
Psalm 14:1-3 reminds disciples that when doubt comes to roost, the doubter has become an unbeliever. Also important to remember is that a person that doubts can cause doubt in others with a spiritual weakness. To doubt salvation most often happens after lapsing into sin in defeat or during oppression for most any reason. Doubt is the result of falling away in and of itself, however brief, usually results from a lifestyle of sin or choice to sin. (1 Corinthians 13:5; Hebrews 6:1-9; “Being Set Apart Makes You Aware of Sin“)
Probably the greatest source of doubt is due to personal spiritual maturity. James traces doubting in prayer to double-minded thinking and instability. (James 1:8; Ephesians 4:14) Conquering doubt requires a growing faith, obedience and relationship with YHWH. (1 Kings 18:21) Reading the Bible and living in the power of prayer is vital. (1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 3:16; Titus 2:1, 10) The more you pray, the more you see answered prayer, which always eliminates doubt. (“Mind Filters“; “Renewing Your Mind“; “Prayer & Life in Messiah“)
A disciple might come to doubt YHWH’s sovereignty or His goodness in all trials; sickness, suffering, injustice, opposition, economic difficulties, family problems, national calamity and even unanswered prayer. (John 3:1-21; 1 John 3:4-10) You may be tempted to doubt the goodness of your Heavenly Father. One thing is certain: it is not always possible to see the hand of YHWH through what you experience in life. Belief holds tightly to YHWH despite momentary evidence that appears to the contrary. You need to believe in the power and presence of YHWH no matter what. You are not forsaken as long as you commit to immediately returning to Him. Confess your personal doubt in prayer to conquer that doubt. (Romans 14:23; Hebrews 11:6) Your Heavenly Father is always available to listen. (“Your Refuge is Important“; “Vanquishing Sin and Oppression“; “The Magi of this Age“; “Listening to the Holy Spirit“)
Doubt and grief under oppression, however momentary is not uncommon. Even the prophets dealt with this human condition. (You see this as a repeating theme through all of Psalms as well) Remember that the fall of mankind and imperfection still applies to you, just as it applied to our forefathers in faith. Father YHWH wants to move on your behalf.
“O YAHWEH, until when shall I cry for help, and You will not hear? I cry out to You, Violence (Hamas)! But You do not save. Why do You make me see evil, and You look upon toil? For destruction and violence are before me; and there is strife, and contention rises up. On account of this the Torah has become helpless, and justice does not continually go forth. For the wicked surrounds the righteous, so justice goes forth, being perverted.” – Habakkuk 1:1-4, HRB
You can personally take YHWH’s response to Habakkuk to heart because He speaks this to all His sons: “Look among the nations and behold, and be amazed. Be amazed! For a work is working in your days which you will not believe, though it be told to you.” – Habakkuk 1:5, HRB
“See, he whose being is not upright in him is puffed up. But the righteous one lives by his steadfastness.” – Habakkuk 2:4, ISR98
Unlike the days of old Israel, disciples of the Messiah have the benefit of the the Holy [Sanctified, Set Apart] Spirit and walking in the Spirit of the Master. As far as Yahshua [Jesus] is concerned, disciples are not simply slaves, but spiritually elevated as spiritual sons. (Philippians 2:14-15; Galatians 3:26; Romans 8:14-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:5-6; “Leadership & the Universal Authority of Messiah“) This is a big deal!
Your trust in YHWH as He walks with you in your trial is what sustains you!
“Though the fig tree shall not blossom, and fruit is not on the vines; the work of the olive fails, and the fields make no food; the flock is cut off from the fold, and no herd is in the stalls, yet I will exult in YAHWEH; I will rejoice in the Elohim of Y’shua [my deliverance]. YAHWEH, Adonai [Master] is my might, and He sets my feet like hinds’ feet, and He will make me to walk on my high places.…” – Habbakuk 3:17-19, HRB
“…for the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the esteem of YHWH, as the waters cover the sea.” – Habbakuk 2:14, ISR98 (Psalm 72:19; Isaiah 11:9)