Scripture provides examples of believers who express temporary doubts—in particular about the willingness and power of God to deliver his people, the nature of his purpose, and their own place within the divine plan.
Examples of those doubting their effectiveness to serve God
Abraham and Isaac doubt God’s protectionGe 12:12-13Fearing for his safety, Abraham resorts to deception. See alsoGe 20:2; Ge 26:7
Moses and Israel in the desertEx 5:22-23See alsoEx 14:10-11 The Israelites doubt God’s protection at the Red Sea; Nu 11:21-22 Moses doubts God’s provision of food; Nu 13:31-33 The ten spies doubt God’s power to give victory in Canaan; Nu 20:7-12 Moses strikes the rock twice.
Others doubting God’s deliverance1Sa 17:11 The people of Israel are dismayed by the challenge from Goliath; Isa 7:2 King Ahaz, afraid of the coalition of Syria and Israel turns to Assyria for help; Mt 14:29-31 Peter, walking on water, is afraid and begins to sink; Ac 12:14-15 The early church does not believe that God has released Peter from prison.
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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