by Debbie Wilson
I believe the Lord can lead me. But sometimes I doubt my ability to hear Him.
Those familiar with the Bible know faith pleases God. Yet, as a person of faith, I can still be filled with doubt. I’ve found three actions that help release my faith when I feel paralyzed by doubts.
1. Remember God’s promises.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6, NASB).
To trust in the Lord means to put our confidence in Him; to be secure in the Lord. I stumble when I rely upon myself instead of on God. For example, when I trust in:
- My ability to hear God instead of His ability to lead me.
- My understanding instead of His wisdom.
- How I feel instead of His character.
- My ability to perceive a clear answer instead of His promise to direct my steps.
When doubts roar, you might ask yourself, “On whom or in what am I trusting?”
2. Affirm your faith, not your fears.
Do you know the difference between doubting prayers and prayers of faith? When I focus on God instead of my doubts, my prayers show it. Thank You, Father, for guiding my steps.
The word “acknowledge” in “In all your ways acknowledge Him…” means to know, learn to know, or perceive and see. Instead of focusing on finding the right path, Proverbs 3:5-6 tells me to focus on bringing God into every area of my life. Seeking to know and perceive God brings us peace as we trust Him to direct our steps.
When doubts roar, I ask myself, “Am I rehearsing my doubts or standing on God’s promises?”
3. Get moving
I’ve found that when I ask God for guidance and step out, the next step presents itself. Doors begin to open and close as I move forward. Sometimes I sense a nudge to push forward or to pause. With or without the nudge, I choose to trust God’s promise and timing and practice His presence. He directs me whether I’m aware of His leading or not.
In the movie The Italian Job, Lyle, a. k. a. “Napster,” used the city’s traffic lights to route the truck carrying the gold where he wanted it to go. The driver didn’t know the red and green lights were changing just for him. He just kept moving.
When we trust God, He directs our steps for our good and His glory (Ps. 23:3). We don’t have to feel His leading to trust it. Red and green lights nudge us along the right way as we seek Him. When we’re trusting in the Lord, we appreciate life’s red lights as part of His plan.
When I forget to practice my faith, doubt and fears hold me hostage. Standing on God’s promises frees me to pursue my dreams.
For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Matt. 7:8 NLT
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About the author: Debbie W. Wilson is an ordinary woman with an extraordinary God. Drawing from her personal walk with Christ, twenty-four years as a Christian counselor, and decades as a Bible teacher, Debbie writes and speaks to connect sojourners to the heart of Christ. She and her husband Larry founded Lighthouse Ministries, a nonprofit ministry offering life and relationship counseling and Bible studies. Despite time in Boston, the Midwest, and Southern California, she still says y’all. Her family, which includes two mischievous standard poodles, calls North Carolina home. Find free resources to refresh your faith and connect with Debbie at debbieWwilson.com.
Join the conversation: What character traits of God are helpful to remember when doubts threaten to overwhelm you?