8724 doubt, dealing with

8724 doubt, dealing with

Uncertainty may be remedied by gaining assurance from God’s word, remembering God’s past goodness, reflecting on his power and appealing to his unfailing love. Believers should help the weak with the patience and encouragement that reflects God’s own compassion.

Doubt dealt with by holding on to God’s truth

Gaining assurance from God’s word Ps 119:147; 1Jn 5:13 See also Ps 119:116; Jn 20:31; Ro 15:4; 2Pe 1:19

Receiving correction and understanding through God’s word 2Ti 3:14-17 See also Ps 119:130; Pr 6:23; 1Co 10:11

Avoiding idle speculation Eph 4:14; 1Ti 6:20-21; 2Ti 2:16,23; Tit 3:9

Doubt dealt with by meditating on God’s works

Remembering God’s past deeds Ps 77:10-20 See also Dt 7:17-19; 1Ch 16:8-12 pp Ps 105:1-6; Ps 22:4-5; Ps 74:12-17; Ps 143:5; Isa 46:9; Mt 16:9-10

Commemorating God’s deeds Ex 12:14 Religious festivals such as Passover provided a permanent reminder of God’s past goodness to his people. See also Dt 16:1; Lk 22:19; 1Co 11:24-25

Reflecting on divine power Mt 11:4-6; Jn 10:38; Jn 14:11

Doubt dealt with by trusting

Trusting in God’s unfailing love Ps 6:2-4 See also Ps 42:8; Isa 49:15-16; Isa 54:10; Jer 31:3-4

Trusting in God’s presence Ge 28:15 See also Ex 3:12; Dt 20:1; 2Ch 20:15-17; Ps 42:11; Ps 73:23-26

Trusting in God’s strength Isa 41:10 See also 1Ki 19:6-8; Isa 40:28-31; Isa 43:2

Remembering God’s concern for the weak

God’s compassion for the weak Eze 34:16 See also Isa 42:3

God’s grace to those with doubts Ex 5:22-6:1 God responds to Moses’uncertainty by promising a demonstration of his power. See also Nu 11:21-23; Jdg 6:39-40; Jn 20:27

Pastoral concern for those who doubt

Being patient with doubters Jude 22 See also Ro 14:1-4,15-17; Ro 15:1

Encouraging those with doubts Jdg 20:22; Job 4:3-4 See also 2Ch 32:6-8; Isa 35:3-4; Isa 40:1; 1Th 3:2; Heb 10:23-25; Heb 12:12

See also

5954strength
8025faith, origins of
8026faith, growth in
8105assurance, basis of
8414encouragement
8670remembering