It’s a normal part of being a new believer to have doubts. We really have no need to doubt, but these worries come anyways. Does God really help me? Or does he only help other people but not me? That’s nonsense. God loves every person equally. There are no differences (God loves doesn’t love the Pope nor the pastor of your church more than you). We can not and need not earn God’s love; God and Jesus simply give us their love.
1. We do not always understand God’s ways
Try to imagine you are on the 3rd or 5th floor, look out the window and look down on the street to see your daughter or your son playing in the middle of the street.
Because of your elevated position, you can see a long stretch of the road. And at the end of the road, not visible to your child, you see a semi-truck coming towards your child.
What do you do? You yell as loudly as you can to get your beloved child out of the dangerous situation on the street. And your child? Looks up high and thinks: Huh? Why won’t they let me have fun?
No example is perfect, but you understand the point I want to make. God, who holds time and space in his hands, knows and sees much more than you on the 3rd or 5th floor.
So don’t be upset or complaining why God isn’t doing this or that, or why He is closing a door, but instead, thank your Creator with confidence that he always knows what is best for you.
“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'” (God speaking concerning Himself in Isaiah 55:8-9, NIV)
2. God only wants the best for you
God always wants only the best for his lambs. We don’t need to doubt that. “For I know the plans I have for you … plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you.” (God in Jeremiah 29:11-14)
3. God always turns all things around for our good
Whatever happens in life, our loving Creator leads all things to good in our life; always. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him …” (Romans 8:28) I can honestly say that in my life, God has always worked _everything_ for good. Always immediately? No, but never too late. Trust your loving God.
4. Maybe one of my favorite verses in the Bible
Think about it. God, the Creator of heaven and earth, of the entire universe, tells us that he holds us with his right hand: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (God in Isaiah 41:10)
When you are completely exhausted, kneel down in front of your bed, get the Bible out, read Isaiah chapter 41, read and pray about this glorious promise God gives to everyone who turns to him. – Or take whichever Bible verse that speaks to you with God’s promise.
“How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the signs I have performed among them?” (God in Numbers 14:11)
5. What else does God need to do?
It is incomprehensible that people are scared of God. It is absolutely useless. God loves you. “… God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” (1 John 4:8-9)
Is there anything greater someone could do to show their love for you than to give up their own Son, so you can be free from all guilt and live in heaven forever, when you turn to Jesus as your Savior?
Would you sacrifice your child so that someone else can live? Not me. You see how much God loves us and wants us to be with us.
Avoid doubts, uncertainties, fears or even panic attacks by reading God’s promise to you in His Word, the Bible. Think about it. Discuss what you have read with God or Jesus. Ask them to strengthen your faith.