2 Kings 7:17-20 17 The king had appointed the captain, his right-hand man, to be in charge of the gate, but the people trampled him in the gateway. He died, just as the man of God had predicted when the king came to him. 18 When the man of God had said to the king, “About this time tomorrow 12 quarts of barley will sell for a shekel and six quarts of fine meal will sell for a shekel at the gate of Samaria,” 19 this captain had answered the man of God, “Look, even if the LORD were to make windows in heaven, could this really happen? ” Elisha had said, “You will in fact see it with your own eyes, but you won’t eat any of it.” 20 This is what happened to him: the people trampled him in the gateway, and he died.
There once was a man who scoffed at God’s word; he thought that the prophesy was just too absurd. But God delivered on what Elisha had said; and this mocker of God was trampled and dead.
Doubting God has been an epidemic since times like these. It’s often because we filter God’s promises through our perception of reality. His word seems impossible in our hearts and we get discouraged. Yes, we lose courage and stop trusting in Him. Therein lies a problem: God’s word is not dependent on our feelings. He isn’t limited by what we think He can do. Yet so many of us can see God do 9 miraculous things and still not trust Him for miracle number 10.
Why is that? After all, His power and His resources are limitless. He is the creator of the universe, the Father of all creation. And somehow, sometimes, we just don’t think He has what it takes. So why do we doubt God’s power? Why do we doubt Him at all? This question likely does not have a universal answer. Instead the reasons are widely varied and can only be discovered by each one of us looking to the inside and asking God to reveal truth. It’s something we need to wrestle with and unlock if we are going to have the faith of Abraham, the resolve of Job, and the tenacity of Paul. Spend some time in prayer today and ask Him: why do I doubt You, Lord? Let Him dig out those roots of unbelief and give you peace, joy, and fresh hope in who He is!