A working definition of doubt is “to lack confidence, to consider unlikely.” The very first expression of doubt in the Bible is in Genesis 3, when Satan tempted Eve. God had given a clear command regarding the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and had specified the consequence of disobedience.
- Satan introduced doubt into Eve’s mind when he asked, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”
- He wanted her to lack confidence in God’s command.
- When she affirmed God’s command, including the consequences, Satan replied with a denial, which is a stronger statement of doubt: “You will not surely die.”
- Doubt is a tool of Satan to make us lack confidence in God’s Word and consider His judgment unlikely.
Because of God’s character, we can be confident in God. It is impossible for God to lie. Jesus is truth! That is certain and never changes. Never ever!
- Hebrews 6:18 (CSB) — 18 so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us.
- Numbers 23:19–20 (CSB) — 19 God is not a man, that he might lie, or a son of man, that he might change his mind. Does he speak and not act, or promise and not fulfill? 20 I have indeed received a command to bless; since he has blessed, I cannot change it.
- Deuteronomy 7:9–10 (CSB) — 9 Know that Yahweh [the Lord] your God is God, the faithful God who keeps his gracious covenant loyalty for a thousand generations with those who love him and keep his commands. 10 But he directly pays back and destroys those who hate him. He will not hesitate to pay back directly the one who hates him.
- Deuteronomy 32:3–4 (CSB) — 3 For I will proclaim Yahweh [the LORD] Declare the greatness of our God! 4 The Rock—his work is perfect; all his ways are just. A faithful God, without bias, he is righteous and true.
- 2 Samuel 7:28 (CSB) — 28 Yahweh [the LORD] God, you are God; your words are true, and you have promised this good thing to your servant.
- Psalm 18:30–31 (CSB) — 30 God—his way is perfect; the word of Yahweh [the LORD] is pure. He is a shield to all who take refuge in him. 31 For who is God besides the Lord? And who is a rock? Only our God.
- Isaiah 26:4 (CSB) — 4 Trust in Yahweh [the LORD] forever, because in Yahweh [the LORD], Yahweh [the LORD] himself, is an everlasting rock!