“Let us hold fast the profession of [our] faith without wavering; (for he [is] faithful that promised” – Hebrews 10:23
Faith turns into doubt when we focus on our circumstances instead of on God. When Peter was walking toward Jesus on the water, he began to sink the moment he focused on the winds and the conditions around him. When we doubt God we are basically saying to Him that we don’t trust Him to take care of us, we don’t believe what He says.
Faith wavers when we allow our feelings to get in the way. Fear made Peter sink as he walked towards Jesus on the water. Fear made him deny knowing Jesus. Anger made Moses disobey God and as a result he was not allowed to go to the Promised Land. Discouragement made the Israelites unwilling to listen to Moses who reported to them God’s promise to deliver them from the Egyptians. Moses himself doubted God’s promise. He said, “Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has brought trouble upon this people, and You have not rescued Your people at all.” (Exodus 5:233)
Thirst and hunger made the Israelites grumble against Moses. Even though they had witnessed the parting of the Red Sea, they still doubted God’s power. When the people saw that Moses was taking a long time returning from the mountain, they asked Aaron to make them gods who will go before them. They did not have the faith to wait on God or Moses. They were quick to turn away from God’s commandments and worship an idol in the shape of a calf. No matter how many wonders God performed before them and no matter how many times He provided for them or showed mercy to them, they continually disobeyed Him because they were giving credence to their feelings and their circumstances instead of their recollection of all that God had already done in their lives.
Greed made the Israelites commit a sin regarding the accursed things. They did not give over things or persons to the Lord by totally destroying them as they were commanded to do. They took some of these things. Disregard for God and His commandments made the Israelites worship other gods. Love for foreign women turned Solomon’s heart away from his Lord and to other gods. Satan’s lies turned Eve’s faith in God to doubt. Desire for wisdom made her disobey God. We let our feelings or other people to influence us and we forget everything that God has done in our lives. We forget how loving, merciful and faithful He is.
We should be like David who always turned to God no matter what the circumstances were. “Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, Because we have trusted in His holy name.” (Psalm 34:20-21)