Why do we pray for the Lord to lead and then doubt when He does?
Do you struggle with this? I’d like to think of myself as a faithful daughter of the King, but I discover time and time again that I question His providence. I have to give myself the proverbial slap to refocus my proper perspective. Here are His promises:
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave your nor forsake.” Deuteronomy 31:8
“For we are God’s Masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Eph 2:10
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Jeremiah 29:11
He promises to go before us (and our children). He planned good things for us (and our children) long ago. He promises prosperity, safety, hope and a future for us (and our children). Yes, I believe this Lord. Help me in my unbelief!
Sadly, too often my fears creep back into my new way of thinking and cloud over these promises. My old way worries about past mistakes, future plans and my (and our children’s) “insufficiencies”. I guess I should call a spade a spade. My worries are lack of faith. So, when I am being faithful, my new way of thinking reminds me that He is in control. As a believer in Christ, I must renew my thinking regularly through prayer and drinking in truths through the study of His Word and be reminded that He really is an omniscient God. Regularly, I must be renewing my mind with His Word so that I can be transformed in my thinking. When I am experiencing doubt, I must acknowledge it as lack of faith, confess, pray for more, and remember that He leads and accomplishes His will as He promises through circumstances.
I don’t want to be like the man in the book of James who looks at himself in the mirror and then walks away and forgets what He looks like. I want to look intently upon God’s truths, embrace them, and find liberty by remembering that He is faithful to lead. If I walk away and worry later, I am doubting and forgetting like the man in James 1:24.
I want to be found faithful. I want to trust as He leads.
Are you struggling to believe He will do what He has promised? Are you asking Him to lead but doubting when He does? Let me encourage you today to bow before your King and be renewed by His promises. Carve out time to be still, listen, and wait. And, know that He is God. It’s a beautiful place of liberty and rest.
Don’t doubt when He leads through circumstances. Trust, grow, wait if necessary, and take the next step—faithfully.