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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Resolving Your Doubts


John 1:45-50



Philip hurried to find his friend, Nathanael, to share the amazing news.


“We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”


Nathanael was clearly doubtful when he heard Philip’s excited declaration about Jesus.


“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”  he asked Philip.


Philip said to him, “Come and see.”


Nathanael did not allow his doubt to keep him from going with Philip and giving Jesus the opportunity to prove who he was.

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!”

Surprised by Jesus’ comment, Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?”

Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”

We can only guess what Jesus saw Nathanael doing under the fig tree, but it is very clear that it was something that proved to Nathaniel beyond any doubt that Jesus was the Christ.


Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”


Jesus never reprimanded Nathanael for his doubts. He removed them instead.

The Lord has an answer for every doubt that we have. What did Jesus recognize in Nathanael right away? He had no deceit. We need to be without deceit just as Jesus declared Nathanael was. We need to honestly come to Him when we are overwhelmed with doubts instead of running from His presence.


For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.

—Psalm 103:14


Jesus knows how weak we are. He remembers we are just dust. It is not a sin to doubt God, but doubt can become a stronghold in our lives if we continually choose to doubt after we have heard God’s truth. 


We should do just as Nathanael did and bring our doubts to the Lord. Jesus is the only one completely capable of dealing with the doubts that plague us. 


What are you doubting God for? James writes that one who doubts God should not expect to receive anything from Him. Jesus has seen you beneath your fig tree. He knows the truth that will resolve your doubt and set you free.


Come to Him honestly—not groveling and begging—just truly admitting you cannot resolve your doubt. Place your faith in Jesus. He is the Word of truth. He wants to reveal Himself in your heart. Allow the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth that will resolve your doubt. Believe what He says over what your conscience or the enemy or the opinion of anyone else says is true. His Word is truth. Nothing else. 


The work of Jesus is finished. Let your doubt be finished, too.







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