Doubting God

God said to Abraham, “As for your wife Sarai, do not call her Sarai, for Sarah will be her name. I will bless her, indeed, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she will produce nations; kings of peoples will come from her.” Abraham fell facedown. Then he laughed and said to himself, “Can a child be born to a hundred-year-old man? Can Sarah, a ninety-year-old woman, give birth?” Genesis 17:15-17 HCSB

A few years ago our church approached the end of the budget year and I projected that we would end the year in the red. If we continued at the current giving rate and spending rate we would spend approximately $30,000 more than the receipts for the year. We had reserves to take care of the expenses over receipts, but that certainly is not the way to operate. I doubted that we would have enough offerings to even break even by the end of the year. Without any coaxing, the people gave over $250,000 in the month of December. God provided more than enough and we finished the year approximately $30,000 in the black. We should never doubt God’s ability to take care of any problem, no matter how big the problem may be.

Abraham doubted God. He did not believe that he and Sarah could have a baby at their ages. God had promised to bless Abraham and Sarah with a son, even in old age. Abraham even laughed and began talking to himself. basically saying that what God had promised was impossible. In the New Testament Abraham is referred as a great man of faith. Despite his doubts Abraham followed God’s commands.

Challenge: Even people of great faith will sometimes have doubts. When you begin to doubt what God can do, follow Abraham’s example and continue to obey God and focus on His commitment to fulfill His promises to you. God is faithful, He will always do what He says He will do. You can count on it.

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