What is the Opposite of Doubt?
If we are honest with ourselves we will admit that, even as a body of believers, doubt sometimes comes. Most often it is due to our circumstances or perhaps not being in His Word daily. I thought about this word ‘doubt’ when I came upon it in Deuteronomy 28:66, and instantly it brought to mind the story of Peter in Matthew 14:31 “And immediately stretching out His hand, Yeshua took hold of him and said, ‘Oh you of little-faith, why did you doubt Me?’”(HRB)
You see, doubt will not only lead to uncertainty but to fear, depression and despair as well. This is the opposite of faith or trust. In Matthew 14, the message Yeshua was conveying to Peter was that ‘Peter was lacking confidence in Him’. You see, we can only do the impossible through the power of Elohim. It was not the winds nor the raging sea that endangered Peter’s life, it was the fact that he took his eyes off Yeshua. It was then that Peter had no assurance of his life, it hung in doubt.
In 2 Corinthians 4:8 Shaul reminds us “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed, we are perplexed, but not in despair.” Look how Paul describes his life as being hard pressed, perplexed, persecuted, and struck down. Even still, Paul lived a passionate devoted life to Messiah and to the work of the Good News. With all he had endured because of his faith, he tells us he was not crushed, not in despair, not forsaken, not destroyed. Why? Paul knew the power and victory of Yeshua in his life.
Peter’s circumstance caused him to fear what his eyes saw. He responded to Yeshua’s invitation to come to Him because he knew it was Yeshua who called him forth, but when he saw (Hebrew: ra’ah, looked and considered) the wind was strong, he became afraid and began to sink. Proverbs 12:25 tells us, “Anxiety in a mans heart weighs it down (brings fear, heaviness, sorrow), but a good and pleasant word makes it rejoice.” Sometimes we have to stop worrying, wondering, and doubting, and trust the One who has called us. We must truly believe with our whole being the words written in Scripture and have faith, not wavering, but trusting that things will work out, perhaps not how we planned, but just how He meant it to be.
Whenever we find ourselves doubting that we can go on, we must remember (Hebrew: zakar, recall, call to mind) how far we have come. We must often look back at the trials we have faced, the hardships we have endured, in order to give glory to Elohim in remembering all the battles we have already overcome with His help. That is where our faith grows and becomes stronger. Through trials. It is also where we mature and gain wisdom and understanding. Where is our hope? Psalm 42:5 asks the question and provides us with the answer: “Why are you in despair, cast down, o my soul? And why have you become disturbed or troubled, within me? Hope in Elohim for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence.” There is a sense of confidence that comes from relying on Elohim. Those whose hope is in Elohim alone will be delivered and their prayers answered, they will walk in straight paths, they will be given joy and gladness and will know inner peace and the absence of fear. Raise your heads high and don’t give up running this race knowing that with Elohim’s help…YOU GOT THIS!