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Unbelief and life of faith

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Believers may go through periods of doubt and indecision, especially on account of difficulties in trusting God or accepting certain aspects of his will for them.

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General examples of unbelief in believers


Genesis 17:17 NIV
Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?”
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Genesis 18:13–14 NIV
Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”


Numbers 11:21–22 NIV
But Moses said, “Here I am among six hundred thousand men on foot, and you say, ‘I will give them meat to eat for a whole month!’ Would they have enough if flocks and herds were slaughtered for them? Would they have enough if all the fish in the sea were caught for them?”


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Elisha’s servant

2 Kings 4:42–44 NIV
A man came from Baal Shalishah, bringing the man of God twenty loaves of barley bread baked from the first ripe grain, along with some heads of new grain. “Give it to the people to eat,” Elisha said. “How can I set this before a hundred men?” his servant asked. But Elisha answered, “Give it to the people to eat. For this is what the Lord says: ‘They will eat and have some left over.’ ” Then he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.


Luke 1:20 NIV
And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.”

John the Baptist

Matthew 11:3 NIV
to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”

The unbelief of Jesus Christ’s disciples

Unbelief concerning Jesus Christ’s power over the natural world

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Unbelief concerning Jesus Christ’s resurrection

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Unbelief concerning Jesus Christ’s power to heal

Matthew 17:17 NIV
“You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.”
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Encouragements in overcoming unbelief

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