Central church of Christ 

New Smyrna Beach, Fl 

Sunday Bible Study, 9am.    Sunday Worship, 10am & 5 pm.    Wednesday Bible Study, 7pm.

Dealing With Issues: Doubt.

Doubt is uncertainty about the truth and reality of spiritual things, as seen especially in a lack of faith in and commitment to God. 



Doubting God’s truth:


1) Doubt as a questioning of God’s words Ge 3:1 See also Ge 3:4; Isa 5:19; Jer 17:15; 2Pe 3:4.


2) Doubt as lack of faith Mt 21:21-22; Mk 11:23-24 See also Mt 17:20; Mk 6:6; 16:14; Lk 17:6.


3) Doubt as wavering Jas 1:6 See also 1Ki 18:21; Ro 4:20; Eph 4:13-14.


4) Doubt as double-mindedness Jas 1:8 See also 2Ki 17:40-41; Lk 16:13; 1Co 10:21; Jas 4:8.




Doubt as insecurity about relationship with God:


1) Doubting God’s compassion Ps 77:7-9 See also Ps 90:13; Heb 12:5-6.


2) Doubting God’s concern Job 30:20; Isa 49:14 See also Ps 13:1-2; 22:1-2; 35:17; Isa 40:27; Jer 8:18-22; La 3:8; Hab 1:2.


3) Doubting God’s desire to deliver Jer 45:3 See also Ex 5:22-23; La 2:1-9; 3:13-20.


4) Doubting God’s ability to deliver Ps 78:18-22 See also Ex 14:10-12; Ps 78:41-43; Mt 8:26 pp Mk 4:39-40; Lk 8:24-25. 


5) Doubting God’s justice Jer 12:1 See also Job 9:23; Ps 73:13-16; 82:2; Jer 15:16-18; Hab 1:13.




Doubt as fear of people and situations

Mt 14:30-31 See also Ge 12:12-13; 19:30; 26:7; Jos 7:5; 1Sa 17:11; Isa 51:12-13.




Doubt results in spiritual uncertainty:


1) Uncertainty about commitment Lk 9:57-62; Mt 8:19-22 See also Ge 19:17,26; Ex 16:2-3; Mt 6:24; Lk 16:13; Heb 11:15.


2) Uncertainty about God’s power Nu 13:31 See also Dt 1:29-33.


3) Uncertainty about God’s love Isa 40:27 See also Dt 1:27; Job 9:16-18; 30:21.


4) Uncertainty about the meaning of life Job 3:16 See also 1Ki 19:3-4; Ps 42:3-4; Jer 20:14-18; Jnh 4:3.


5) Uncertainty about teaching Eph 4:14 See also 1Ti 6:20-21.


6) Uncertainty about the will of God Jdg 6:17 See also Jdg 6:36-40; Jn 20:25; 2Co 13:3.




Doubt may result in a spiritual decline:

1) Doubt may result in drifting from faith Heb 2:1 See also 2Ch 36:12-13; Ne 9:16-17; Ps 95:8-9; La 5:20; Heb 3:12-13; 6:4-6; 2Pe 2:20-21.


2) Doubt may result in faithless action Isa 31:1; Ro 14:23 See also Ge 12:13; 16:2-3; Ex 32:1; Nu 20:11-12; Ac 7:40; Ro 14:14.


3) Doubt brings the risk of God’s judgment Nu 20:12 See also Nu 11:1; 14:37; Heb 6:7-8.


4) Doubt leads to ineffectiveness in prayer

Jas 1:6-7 See also Mt 17:20; 21:21; Mk 11:23. 



Doubt spreads

Dt 1:28 See also Nu 13:32; 2Ki 17:14.


God’s appeal for a clear decision

1Ki 18:21 See also Dt 30:15-17; Jos 24:15; Jn 20:27; Jas 4:8.