May 20, 2019  by JC Cast

Do not allow thoughts of doubt to steal your joy. Doubtful thoughts do not make you a weak or noncommitted Christian; it only shows that you’re human.

Throughout my four-plus decades as a Christian, I have experienced many times when doubt creeped into my thoughts during periods of complacency, or crashed to the forefront during traumatic situations.

Similarly, I do not know one Believer that has not experienced various degrees of doubt during their Christian walk. A fact which is equally confirmed in God’s Word.

Thomas, one of the original twelve disciples of Jesus, was both inquisitive and zealous. We see his zeal portrayed is John 11:16: “Thomas, nicknamed ‘The Twin,’ said to his fellow disciples, ‘Let’s go too—and die with him.’”

Unfortunately, that is a side of Thomas many people forget since he has been tagged as “Doubting Thomas” down through the centuries because he chose to disregard the initial reports of Jesus’ resurrection. Like all humans, Thomas was susceptible to doubt, and it arose at that particular time. Though, he wasn’t the only doubter in the Bible.

There are numerous examples of Believers showing their humanity in the form of doubt. Too many, in fact, to deal with in a blog post. However, I will touch on one more that I found surprising; yet, it truly shows that all humans can succumb to moments of doubt. That individual was John the Baptist.

Similar to the prophecies announcing a coming Messiah, there were prophecies of one that would come before the Messiah and proclaim his coming. Approximately eight-hundred years before the birth of Christ, Isaiah wrote the following in Isaiah 40:3: “Listen! I hear the voice of someone shouting, ‘Make a road for the Lord through the wilderness; make him a straight, smooth road through the desert.’”

The aforementioned prophecy, along with others pertaining to a “Crier of Good News,” were fulfilled with the arrival of John the Baptist.

In Luke 1:13 we see that the angel Gabriel told Zacharias that he and his wife, Elizabeth, would have a son, and they were to name him John.

Similarly, in Luke 1:30-31, Gabriel tells Mary that she will bear God’s son, and to name him Jesus. He also tells her that her aunt Elizabeth is equally pregnant. In other words, for those who may have forgotten, John the Baptist and Jesus are cousins.

In John 1:32-36, John the Baptist confirms, not once but twice, that Jesus is the chosen one that he’s been preparing the way for.

“I didn’t know he was the one,” John said again, “but at the time God sent me to baptize he told me, ‘When you see the Holy Spirit descending and resting upon someone—he is the one you are looking for. He is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ I saw it happen to this man, and I therefore testify that he is the Son of God.” — John 1:33-34.

The following day, Jesus walked by John the Baptist and two of his disciples, and John declared, “See! There is the Lamb of God!” — John 1:36.

All of his life John the Baptist knew he would eventually be used by God. And, from all accounts, he performed his ministry with a zeal rarely matched by others mentioned in the Bible. And yet, during his imprisonment by King Herod, this robust Believer showed he was still human. In Luke 7:18-19 we read the following: “The disciples of John the Baptist soon heard of all that Jesus was doing. When they told John about it, he sent two of his disciples to Jesus to ask him, ‘Are you really the Messiah? Or shall we keep on looking for him?’”

Just consider that for a moment. The coming of John the Baptist, like the coming of the Messiah, had been prophesied. The angel Gabriel spoke to a parent of both John and Jesus (John and Jesus were cousins). And, to top it off, God had specifically given John the Baptist a sign to look for during his ministry that would confirm who the Messiah was—a sign John saw and publicly proclaimed after baptizing Jesus. Yet, he still succumbed to a moment of doubt during a time of trial.

If it can happen to John the Baptist it can happen to each of us. Just remember, such doubts do not make you a weak or noncommitted Believer. It’s merely a sign of your humanity. As long as you do not allow the doubts to override your Christian walk you will come out stronger after the experience or trial.

Personally speaking, the doubts could never overcome the truth I hold in my heart or the abundance of evidence I’ve found through many years of study.


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VIDEO 8 Moms in the Bible Who Served God Well


Eight mothers in the Bible played key roles in the coming of Jesus Christ. None of them was perfect, yet each showed strong faith in God. God, in turn, rewarded them for their confidence in him.

These mothers lived in an age when women were often treated as second-class citizens, yet God appreciated their true worth, just as he does today. Motherhoodis one of life’s highest callings. Learn how these eight mothers in the Bible put their hope in the God of the Impossible, and how he proved that such hope is always well-placed.

Eve – Mother of All the Living

Adam and Eve
God’s Curse by James Tissot. SuperStock / Getty Images

Eve was the first woman and the first mother. Without a single role model or mentor, she paved the maternal way to become “Mother of All the Living.” She and her mate Adam lived in Paradise, but they spoiled it by listening to Satan instead of God. Eve suffered terrible grief when her son Cain murdered his brother Abel, yet despite these tragedies, Eve went on to fulfill her part in God’s plan of populating the Earth.

Sarah – Wife of Abraham

Sarah overhears the three visitors confirming she will have a son. Culture Club / Contributor / Getty Images

Sarah was one of the most important women in the Bible. She was the wife of Abraham, which made her the mother of the nation of Israel. Yet Sarah was barren. She conceived through a miracle in spite of her old age. Sarah was a good wife, a loyal helper and builder with Abraham. Her faith serves as a shining example for every person who has to wait on God to act.

Rebekah – Wife of Isaac

Rebekah pours water while Jacob’s servant Eliezer looks on. Getty Images

Rebekah, like her mother-in-law Sarah, was barren. When her husband Isaacprayed for her, God opened Rebekah’s womb and she conceived and gave birth to twin sons, Esau and Jacob. During an age when women were typically submissive, Rebekah was quite assertive. At times Rebekah took matters into her own hands. Sometimes that worked out, but it also resulted in disastrous consequences.

Jochebed – Mother of Moses

Jochebed and Baby Moses
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Jochebed, the mother of Moses, is one of the underappreciated mothers in the Bible, yet she also showed tremendous faith in God. To avoid the mass slaughter of Hebrew boys, she set her baby adrift in the Nile River, hoping someone would find him and raise him. God so worked that her baby was found by Pharaoh’s daughter. Jochebed even became her own son’s nurse. God used Moses mightily, to free the Hebrew people from their 400 year, bondage of slavery and take them to the Promised Land. Although little is written about Jochebed in the Bible, her story speaks powerfully to mothers of today.

Hannah – Mother of Samuel the Prophet

Hannah presents her son Samuel to the priest Eli. Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (circa 1665). Public Domain

Hannah’s story is one of the most touching in the entire Bible. Like several other mothers in the Bible, she knew what it meant to suffer long years of barrenness. In Hannah’s case she was cruelly taunted by her husband’s other wife. But Hannah never gave up on God. Finally, her heartfelt prayers were answered. She gave birth to a son, Samuel, then did something entirely selfless to honor her promise to God. God favored Hannah with five more children, bringing great blessing to her life.

Bathsheba – Wife of David

Bathsheba oil painting on canvas by Willem Drost (1654). Public Domain

Bathsheba was the object of King David‘s lust. David even arranged to have her husband Uriah the Hittite killed to get him out of the way. God was so displeased with David’s actions that he struck dead the baby from that union. In spite of heartbreaking circumstances, Bathsheba remained loyal to David. Their next son, Solomon, was loved by God and grew up to become Israel’s greatest king. From David’s line would come to Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World. And Bathsheba would have the distinguished honor of being one of only five women listed in Messiah’s ancestry.

Elizabeth – Mother of John the Baptist

Elizabeth - Mother of John the Baptist
The Visitation by Carl Heinrich Bloch. SuperStock / Getty Images

Barren in her old age, Elizabeth was another of the miracle mothers in the Bible. She conceived and gave birth to a son. She and her husband named him John, as an angel had instructed. Like Hannah before her, she dedicated her son to God, and like Hannah’s son, he also became a great prophetJohn the Baptist. Elizabeth’s joy was complete when her relative Mary visited her, pregnant with the future Savior of the World.

Mary – Mother of Jesus

Mary the Mother of Jesus; Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato (1640-1650). Public Domain

Mary was the most honored mother in the Bible, the human mother of Jesus, who saved the world from its sins. Although she was only a young, humble peasant, Mary accepted God’s will for her life. She suffered enormous shame and pain, yet never doubted her Son for a moment. Mary stands as highly favored by God, a shining example of obedience and submission to the Father’s will.

Watch Now: Learn About Mary, the Mother of Jesus

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What Did Mary Know? (Selected Scriptures) John MacArthur