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Scripture provides examples of believers who express temporary doubts--in particular about the willingness and power of God to deliver his people, the nature of his purpose, and their own place within the divine plan.

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Examples of those doubting their effectiveness to serve God


Exodus 3:11 ESV
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
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Judges 6:15 ESV
And he said to him, “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”
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1 Kings 19:3–4 ESV
Then he was afraid, and he arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he asked that he might die, saying, “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.”
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Jeremiah 1:6 ESV
Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.”
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Those temporarily doubting God’s promises

Genesis 15:8 ESV
But he said, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?”
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Those doubting God’s power

Abraham and Isaac doubt God’s protection

Fearing for his safety, Abraham resorts to deception.
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Moses and Israel in the desert

Exodus 5:22–23 ESV
Then Moses turned to the Lord and said, “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have not delivered your people at all.”
See also The Israelites doubt God’s protection at the Red Sea; Moses doubts God’s provision of food; The ten spies doubt God’s power to give victory in Canaan; Moses strikes the rock twice.

Others doubting God’s deliverance

The people of Israel are dismayed by the challenge from Goliath; King Ahaz, afraid of the coalition of Syria and Israel turns to Assyria for help; Peter, walking on water, is afraid and begins to sink; The early church does not believe that God has released Peter from prison.

Believers questioning God

Questioning God’s actions

Judges 6:13 ESV
And Gideon said to him, “Please, my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all his wonderful deeds that our fathers recounted to us, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
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Questioning God’s commands

Samuel; Elisha’s servant; Ahaz

Jesus Christ’s disciples:

Mark 6:37 ESV
But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?”
Martha; Ananias

Believers with doubts about Jesus Christ

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