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DOUBT IS THE ABSENT OF FAITH

By: Oluwatunbi Stephen Akindayomi
If Not for God "devotional"

Bible Text: The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm. (Matthew 8: 25-26)

Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.

There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.

Doubt is uncomfortable, certainty is ridiculous. Why pray when you are going to doubt? Please when in doubt, don't. Any belief worth having must survive doubt; doubt can only be removed by action.

When in doubt, do the courageous things. Doubts make the mountain which faith can move. 

Jesus rebuked their fear and unbelief, not their request or waking Him. 

We shouldn’t think that Jesus was in a bad mood from being awakened. He was upset at their fear, because fear and unbelief go together. When we trust God as we should trust Him there is little room left for fear.

Jesus didn’t merely quiet the wind and the sea; He rebuked the winds and the sea. This, together with the disciple’s great fear and what Jesus would encounter at His destination leads some to believe that there was some type of spiritual attack in the storm.

Prayer: O Lord, help me overcome my unbelief in Jesus name.

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