Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” Genesis 3:1
As I looked out my backyard this morning, I couldn’t help but be proud of the raised bed garden my husband and I have created. There isn’t much there yet. Just some seeds. Right now it looks like a big pile of dirt. Not to mention the holes in the dirt my dog continues to dig. He seems to think the dirt needs his daily visit.
We planted carrot seeds, corn seeds, and lettuce seeds. Although I’m not sure what will sprout up first, I can’t wait to see the first tiny green shoot protruding from the soil. And I began thinking about what we plant in our hearts.
We have our quiet times daily and plant God’s Word in our hearts. We go to church and sing songs of praise as to plant thankfulness in our hearts. All the while, Satan the roaring tiger circles around us with his pea shooter launching seeds of doubt.
He’s so sneaky that sometimes we don’t even notice a doubt seed has infiltrated the soil beds. After all, a seed remains hidden until it begins to sprout.
I wonder what it is that you doubt. Do you doubt His provision? His wisdom? His understanding? The promises of His Word? Do you doubt that He can heal you from the wound that seems to fester throughout the years? Do you doubt that he can heal you from mental or physical illness? Do you doubt that He has risen from the grave?
There are so many opportunities to doubt the Lord. And yet deeper still are the opportunities to trust in Him. In every situation and circumstance we go through, we have an opportunity. An opportunity to trust in the Lord or doubt His promises are true. Which will you choose?
Seeds of doubt grow into depravity if we let them. They deprive us of the peace and blessing of God. They corrupt what He would do in our lives. Perhaps the biggest seed of doubt ever sown was in the Garden of Eden when Satan asked Eve, “Did God really say?”
With a seed of doubt, Satan was able to convince Eve that what the Lord offered her was not enough. That she needed more and the world was not perfect unless she understood the reasons behind her circumstances.
Sound familiar? We often doubt because we do not understand. In pursuit of knowledge, we leave the one true source of infinite wisdom, God’s Word. We hope we will find something “better” on our own. But God knows all the while that the best we can find is when we trust in His Word, perfect will, and timing.
Take a look around the garden of your heart. What are you anxious about today? Where is uncertainty beginning to spring? Before stalks of depravity make their mark, ask the Lord to help you weed the doubt seeds out.
When you do this, you may be looking for God to give you a tangible response. We want to hear, see, and touch the Lord. Let me assure you that you can find all the evidence you need in His Word if you choose to let it penetrate your heart. Romans 10:17 says, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”
Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Doubt is shattered when His Word is spoken over your heart and mind. And so when Satan asks you, “Did God really say?”, you can be ready with a big ‘ole “YES HE DID!!!”