Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
There are many reasons believers struggle with doubt. Sometimes the very people who say they believe every word written in the inerrant, infallible Word of God are the very ones who still struggle with overcoming doubt, which can paralyze a walk.
Sin and guilt can lead a believer to doubt that God is willing to act on his or her behalf. So can other factors like previous failures, the negative influences of others, and a wrong focus. But perhaps the main reason many believers still doubt is an ignorance of the Word of God. The only way we can know how God would have us react, the only way we can bury eternal truths deep into our hearts and minds, is to take Joshua’s advice and meditate on God’s Word.
Meditating on Scripture means more than just a casual read. It means to read it, study it, ponder it, and ask God questions. “Father, what are You saying to me personally through this passage? Show me how to apply this truth to my life to prepare me for what You have in store for me.”
Performing this spiritual exercise prepares you for long-distance tests of faith and leaves doubt in the dust. It programs your mind to think the way God thinks. There is nothing that energizes your faith as knowing Scripture so well that in any situation you are able to recall appropriate passages at the Holy Spirit’s prompting.
Lord, program my mind to think the way You think. Energize my faith through Your Word. I want to leave doubt in the dust.