Advent: December 19 – Doubt
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
- Genesis 3:1 – 5
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
- John 8:42 – 44
Doubt is a powerful tool that Satan uses to lead us to destruction. At the beginning of our story he spoke doubt into Eve: Did God actually say? Sadly, Eve opened her heart to consider Satan’s question, and as she did, Satan’s purposes moved forward.
This Christmas, Satan wants you to open your heart to him. He wants to plant seeds of disbelief and despair. So he whispers to you: God can’t be trusted. God won’t provide. Things will not get better.
The birth of Jesus is God’s tool to destroy doubt, for the coming of Jesus thrust a dagger into the heart of Satan’s lies. Jesus’ birth declares: God can be trusted. God will provide. There is hope and a future, for God so loves the world.
Even now as you read these words, Satan wants you to think: This may be true for some people, but my faith isn’t strong enough to overcome Satan.
Here is the good news: It is not the strength of your faith that overcomes doubt; it is the object of your faith. And God is more than strong enough to rescue you from Satan. So this Christmas, place your faith in the God who loves you and who sent his son to save you.
A Moment to Reflect
What sticks out to you from Genesis 3:1 – 5 and John 8:42 – 44?
This Christmas, what doubts do you have about God?