If you doubt God using you for His glory, you are not alone. God chooses many people to carry out His plans–people are not always enthusiastic to His proposals. Doubters often fail to understand God prepared path just for them. They prefer to believe more in their own shortcomings than in the infinite power of God working through them.
But God, in His time, shows us His way. And our eventual willingness to place all trust in God draws us even closer to Him. It’s this trust relationship that allows His glory to shine through us so that others might see the light of Christ.
So don’t fret over God using you for great things to proclaim His kingdom. After all it’s His idea anyway! And He stays with you always, just as He did with the people He chose in the Bible.
Many famous people in the Bible questioned God’s plan for them. They doubted.
Abram was ninety-nine years old when the LORD appeared and made a covenant with Abram, stating He would make Abraham the father of many nations. Abraham doubted, but God’s truth prevailed.
Genesis 17:17 Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?”
God’s Truth: Abraham did became the father of many nations, specifically God’s people; the entire Jewish nation with descends too numerous to count.
Abraham’s wife, Sarah, was 89 years old when she overheard three strangers tell Abraham that the following year she would give birth to a son.
Genesis 18:12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”
God’s Truth: Sarah became pregnant and gave birth to Isaac, the first descendent of God’s promise to Abraham. Isaac married Rebekah and their second son, Jacob, became the father of the twelve tribes of Israel.
Moses was tending his father-in-law’s flock at Horeb, the mountain of God. While there, God said He was sending Moses to Egypt to speak to the Pharaoh about freeing God’s people, the Israelites, from slavery.
Exodus 3: 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
God’s Truth: God sent ten plagues, along with other miracles, that helped Moses change the mind of the Egyptian Pharaoh and free the Israelites.
The Israelites were doing evil so God gave them into the hands of the Midianites. God allowed the large number of Midianites to ruin the Israelite’s crops and kill their livestock. After seven years of destruction, God came to Gideon and used him to save the Israelites.
Judges 6:15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
God’s Truth: Gideon organized an army of 32,000 men but God said that was too many. God wanted the battle recognized as won through Him, not because of the number of fighters. So the army was cut to 300 men lead by Gideon. They surprise attacked the vast Midianite camp by loudly blowing trumpets. The startled Midianites turned on each other and Gideon won.
Zechariah the priest, and his wife Elizabeth, were still childless at a very old age yet continued to pray for a child. Then Gabriel, the angel of the Lord, came to Zechariah and told him Elizabeth would have a son and they were to call him John.
Luke 1:18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”
God’s Truth: Elizabeth did have a son, but because Zechariah doubted he was unable to speak until John was born. John grew up to become John the baptist, a God appointed messenger who announced the coming of Jesus Christ.
Thomas was one of the original twelve disciples selected by Jesus. He was also one of many who abandoned Jesus at His arresting. When Jesus resurrected, He came to His group of disciples. But Thomas was not among them this first visit so Thomas doubted the resurrection when they proclaimed it to him.
John 20:24-25 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
God’s Truth: A week later the disciples, including Thomas, were together in a locked room. Jesus appeared to them, specifically showing Thomas His pierced hands. Thomas then believed.
After Jesus resurrected, the number of believers began to grow. Paul, an educated and devout Jew, did not believe in Jesus and wanted nothing more than to persecute anyone who believed and helped Christ’s church grow.
Acts 8:3 But Saul [Paul] began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.
God’s Truth: Jesus met Paul on the road to Damascus. After this encounter, Paul was nothing less than a staunch convert, committing his life – to the point of death – to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
If you currently doubt God in your life right now, I encourage you to read the full stories on these prominent people of the Bible. See how–though they first doubted–God changed their lives for his glory.
Pray this sinner’s prayer found at Gotquestions.com:
“God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me! Amen!”
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