“He who doubts is like is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” James 1:6
Satan’s favorite weapon against us is to cause us to doubt God. I don’t know why we fall for it time after time, it is such an old trick that he used all the way back to the Garden. Check out Genesis 3, the account of the fall of Adam and Eve which is the fall of all mankind.
Satan, in the form of a serpent, slithered up to Eve with evil in his heart and a question on his lips: “Did God really say…?” (Genesis 3:1). He was not asking for clarification of the Creator’s words, he was sowing that tiny seed of doubt. You can almost hear him stress the word really. He was asking Eve if she thought God meant what He said in pronouncing the inevitability of their death for eating from that one particular tree. Well Eve took the bait and took a bite and Satan knew then that he has a sure-fire missile to use against God’s beloved creatures. But the truth of God’s words proved itself, and mankind has suffered death—physically and spiritually ever since. Oh if only Adam and Eve had believed God, how different it all would have turned out. They learned the hard way the one thing you can be sure of, God doesn’t mince words. He says what He means and He means what He says.
He used that same ploy against Jesus in the wilderness: “If you are the son of God… (Matthew 4:3, 6). He questioned Jesus’ identity, but the Lord did not fall for it, because He knew the truth. You will recall that the wilderness episode followed immediately on the heels of Jesus baptism. Do you remember the Father’s words? “This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). Right away Satan began to question Jesus’ confidence. That is the enemy’s other favorite dart against us; he plants doubts in our mind about our relationship with God. “If you really are God’s child, why is He allowing you to suffer so much?” “You can’t really be a Christian and behave the way you just did!” Satan tried to cast doubt in Jesus’ mind, but his attempts failed, because Jesus knew exactly who He was; His Father had proclaimed it and Jesus never lost that confirmation.
Friend, Satan still works to cause you and me to doubt God. He wants us to doubt what His Word says about what is right and what is wrong. He uses the culture of the day to cast doubt on the reality of sin and the consequences of rejecting Christ. He even uses the most learned people in society to cast doubt on the existence of God. In the church he brings in those who twist and misinterpret the Scriptures to say “what their itching ears what to hear” (2 Timothy 4:3). That is where we have to go back to the only source of truth—the Word of God and refresh our minds with what God really said so that we can stand firm in this evil day.
But I think Satan’s strongest weapon against us is casting doubts in our mind about our identity and about God’s love for us. When we are unsure about who we are and about our relationship with God everything else gets shaken too. Hear this loud and clear dear ones, when you received Jesus Christ as your Savior, God spoke the same words over you that He spoke over His own Son: “This is my child, whom I love; with him (or her) I am well pleased.” How do I know that? Check out Jesus’ words in His prayer just before His arrest and crucifixion: “My they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me” (John 17:23, emphasis added). God loves those who are in Christ Jesus just as He loves Jesus Himself. Because of the Son’s sacrifice, you and I are loved—eternally, unreservedly, and completely. You can be sure of God’s love and of your place in His family.
My friends, don’t give Satan another victory over you. Every time you and I give way to his words of doubt we stumble and fall in our faith-walk. God has given His word in His Word to enable us to walk with confidence in the face of doubt. Don’t let Satan trip you up with his old, tired routine. Trust God to always speak the truth, to speak it clearly through His Word, and to assure you of who you are and Whose you are.
There’s no doubt about it!
Holy Father – yes, You are my Father, and because of Jesus Christ, I am Your child. Help me today to walk in the assurance and freedom of Your truth and cast aside every whisper and shout of doubt. I trust in your Word and in You. Amen.