“Occupy your mind with My love, leaving no room for worry and doubt.”
Doubt is like a bad penny. It always keeps turning up. It seems that no matter how many times we see the hand of God working in our lives, there is always room for doubt. Even when we have a close relationship with Him, there are times when we still have doubts. The disciples, who spent so much time with Jesus, still had doubts. When Jesus told them, “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees” they thought He was referring to food.
Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he said, “You have so little faith! Why are you worried about having no food? Won’t you ever understand? Don’t you remember the five thousand I fed with five loaves, and the baskets of food that were left over? Don’t you remember the four thousand I fed with seven loaves, with baskets of food left over? How could you even think I was talking about food? So again I say, `Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees” (Matthew 16:6-13) He was reminding them that each time they needed food, He was able to provide. Then it dawned on them that He wasn’t speaking about yeast or bread but the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
The disciples had seen Him perform miracles before and they had forgotten how He had fed thousands of people with what seemed like very little food. He had made a little go a long way. Like the disciples, we too doubt the power of God and He has to remind us.
The disciples doubted the resurrection. The Bible says, it was early on Sunday morning when Jesus rose from the dead, and the first person who saw him was Mary Magdalene, the woman from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went and found the disciples, who were grieving and weeping. But when she told them that Jesus was alive and she had seen him, they didn’t believe her. Jesus also appeared to two other people.
At first they didn’t recognize Him because He had changed His appearance but once they realized that it was Him, they rushed back to tell the others but they didn’t believe them. When Jesus appeared to the eleven, He rebuked them for their unbelief” (Mark 16:9-14). In the Gospel of Matthew, it says, that when they saw Him, they worshipped Him: but some doubted (Matthew 28:17).
Mary had taken good news to the disciples but they allowed doubts to spoil what should have been a joyful moment. Sometimes we allow doubts to get the better of us and we miss out. Doubts could prevent us from seeing God’s blessings. The religious leaders in Jesus’ time had the Light but their doubts kept them in darkness. Doubts can hinder us from doing the Lord’s work. Doubts can rob us of great opportunities.
Jesus does not want us to worry or have doubts. He wants us to focus instead of Him and what He can do for us. The next time you start to doubt Him, remember these words, “Only believe, only believe; All things are possible, only believe”.
Never doubt, only trust and believe. Remember all the times Jesus came through for you. Fill your mind with His love and promises. Don’t clutter your mind with doubts. As Paul advised us, “Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8). Searching the scriptures will also help. Diffuse the doubts with God’s Word. Whenever you have a task to do and you start to have doubts about it, say to yourself “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).