I’ve been told all my life to never doubt God. Doubting what God can do has never been an issue for me, because I believe, and always have believed that God can do ANYTHING. Growing up with Old Testament stories of God’s miraculous power, and the New Testament examples of Jesus and the Apostles doing magnificent things caused me to understand God’s unlimited ability. My grandmother and my father always prayed the acknowledgement of God being able to do “anything but fail.” So, I never struggle with believing in what God CAN do. My struggle, like many of you, is with what God WILL do, and particularly FOR ME!
I remember almost 15 years ago, marrying my sweetheart, and beginning our lives together as husband and wife. We had so many plans for us, that included a schedule for having children. Then, after only 3 months, we find out, despite our “efforts” to prevent it, we are expecting our first child. I was terrified! In my heart of hearts, I knew God could take care of us, but I wasn’t sure He WOULD. I had doubts. Yes, I was a minister. Yes, I was preaching to people, telling them to trust God, and here I am having doubts.
I felt the guilt of that reality. I wasn’t trying to doubt God, neither was I planning to, but the doubt was real. And regardless of your relationship with God, your worship schedule, your prayer life, and your being used by God, EVERYONE has had moments of doubt. In my moment, I prayed to God to settle my doubts. One clear winter night, I got out of my bed, grabbed a towel from the bathroom, and went out to the balcony of our one bedroom apartment, not telling my wife what I was doing. I said, “God, if you are going to take care of us and this baby, would you make this towel wet, but not frozen?”
The significance of my request was that it was January, and in East Texas we have morning frost. More than likely, the towel would have been frozen, but without a cloud in the sky and frigid temperatures, I asked God to soak this towel by the time I woke up. A few hours later, my wife began to shake me saying, “Derek, it’s raining. Are the windows up in the car?”
I jumped up and ran to the balcony, to see my towel, drenched, just as I requested! I didn’t give a flip about my car windows, because God had settled my doubts. To this day, when it comes to our oldest child, I never worry about him, because God has promised to take care of him. All I have to do is watch the way He works it. No diggity, no doubt.
“…Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea’, it will happen.’ (Matthew 21:21, New American Standard Bible)”
Jesus wasn’t saying that we can trap God into doing things for us, neither is He condemning our doubts what He will do. He is simply saying, don’t allow your doubt to stop you from trusting Him. In other words, it’s not really bad to doubt, but don’t STOP at your doubts! Do I still face moments and situations of doubt in other areas of my life? Absolutely, but I have to encourage myself with the same words I hope will encourage you. Push through! Do what you have to do to get to the place where your doubts are settled. If you don’t push through, you will never know what God is going to do. If you don’t push through, you will never see how God is going to come through for you. If you don’t allow doubt to take you out, you’ll like the way He works it; no diggity, no doubt!
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“No Diggity” was written by Chauncey Hannibal, Teddy Riley, William Stewart, Lynise Walters, Andre Young, Richard Vick, and Bill Withers. Produced by Teddy Riley and William “Stylz” Stewart. Performed by Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre and Queen Pen Released 1996.