The Lord Knows How {FMF: Doubt}

It’s been FOR-EV-ER since I’ve been able to link up with the sweet Five Minute Friday gang, and I wasn’t planning on joining them today either. But when “doubt” popped up on my twitter feed last night, the wheels started spinning. An open spot in my morning schedule just confirmed that it was time to lay down some words. So here goes …

It creeps out of corners, rallies even the best of intentions and can quickly snowball into spiritual warfare. And the thing about doubt is that it disguises itself so well. It’s just a question, right? A wonder. Mere curiosity. It wraps itself around a couple of what-ifs and we are none the wiser.

But it’s so much more than that. 

We’ve all fallen prey, and while the balm of grace covers our doubt filled indiscretions, the hard truth of the matter — the ugly truth — is that doubt rides the coat tails of a lapse in faith. Left unchecked it looks a whole lot like worry and fear…and unbelief.

It’s not what we doubt, but Who.

We are under the covering of a sovereign King who rules and reigns with authority and power second to none. He spoke light into existence. He knits together life in the womb. The sun sits in the sky, the moon shines at night, and the earth remains on its fragile axis all because of the depth and breadth of His might.

And yet, we doubt.

{When We Wonder} FMF: Doubt

It’s human nature, fallen flesh, entwined in our desire to know, and control, and determine the course of our steps. We want that crystal ball, the answers that await us, and the satisfaction of every longing fulfilled.

“So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials.”
2 Peter 2:9

As I skimmed across the pages of the Word this past week, this promise jumped off the page and was written across my heart in a brand new way. Which could be an entire post – and probably will be. But…

The Lord knows how.

He is able. He is willing.

He. Knows. How.

With a foreknowledge and wisdom that so far exceeds anything we can begin to comprehend, the Lord knows how to: rescue, redeem, deliver, comfort, heal, encourage, prepare, provide, forgive, love, endure, bind wounds, wipe tears, bring joy, exceed our desires, and enable our dreams.

Fill in your blanks. The list could go on, and on, an on — for eternity.

And friend, for us who are the godly people who He daily delivers from frailty and human form, from flesh and doubt, we have the gift of forever with the One who helps our unbelief. The One who comes alongside us, even in our doubt, and promises that no matter how far we go, we can’t ever outrun Him.

We may not understand. Answers may never come in the form we would choose. But this single truth is a certain as tomorrow’s sunrise:

The Lord knows how. {<=== Tweet that!}

This post is a link-up to the Five-Minute Friday community. An inspired and beautiful group of gifted writers who pour their heart on the page over one word prompt. Come join the Friday free-write festivities or the early bird joy on Thursdays on Twitter @ #fmfparty. For details, please visit our gracious hostess, Kate Motaung.


15 thoughts on “The Lord Knows How {FMF: Doubt}

  1. So loved this, Tiffany. He does indeed know how we will accomplish or overcome whatever He has placed in our lives. That is a precious gift of grace, right there! Thanks for the encouragement to hold on to it.

  2. “It’s not what we doubt, but Who”. How very true. Many times doubt is our way of questioning God’s goodness in our lives. Is He good? Will He provide? We read the Scriptures over and over again, but doubt creeps in none the less. Tiffany, this post was highly insightful and I’ve always appreciated your take on things. So glad you participated in FMF this week.

    1. That’s so true, Sam. I catch myself questioning the “goodness” of His plans although His word assures me they are intended to be that and more. He is an all sufficient God and we need to give Him that freedom to work. Blessed by your kind words, Sam and always a joy to join in conversation with you. xo

  3. Hey Tiffany! I like your “Doubt” post. So true that doubt begins with a question. And I have to watch that because I question things often! :-) I just started a new Bible study: Trusting God by Jerry Bridges, so I’m looking forward to learning to trust more that God knows!

    1. I question too, Betsy and sometimes it sends me seeking. It’s the times I believe the doubt over the Truth that get me in trouble. Gods word is the absolute source and here’s to trusting that above all else. Thanks for being here, friend. Hugs!

  4. Wow, Tiffany, just what I needed to hear today. So thankful for a blog packed with reminders of all that God can do and does for us. Some seasons may not “feel” good, but we have the Truth from our personal Creator that He knows, sees and loves up us beyond what we can imagine. Thanks for encouraging me and others today.

    1. It’s so true, Lori…we can get caught up in what we feel and forget all the truth He writes over us. We focus on ourselves instead of Him. So glad that He is ALWAYS there ready to fill us with reminders of His goodness and grace. Thank you for visiting me today. I’m blessed the words met you.

  5. Tiffany, we’ve missed you! I needed this reminder today: “It’s human nature, fallen flesh, entwined in our desire to know, and control, and determine the course of our steps. We want that crystal ball, the answers that await us, and the satisfaction of every longing fulfilled.”

    1. I’m happy to be back, Tara. I’ve missed you gals too. The flesh – ugh, it follows us around every day, right?! So glad God is bigger and greater and can handle our doubts. Praying for your longing, sweet friend and believing with you that God has good plans for us. xo

  6. Tiffany, I love the way your thoughts have expanded on the verse above. Yes, God definitely knows how to reassure and comfort us, and sit with us in our doubts! My slant on doubt was rather different because I do think that doubt can sometimes be healthy searching in disguise, a yearning after truth and desire for deeper understanding.
    And whether we wrestle with our doubts or put them to bed with a word of faith, they are real, they are hard sometimes, and they are valid if they lead us closer to the One who knows all things. A thoughtful, inspiring, reflective post as always, and one that stirs us to consider carefully and seems to have stirred you to want to write more. Thank you, my friend! :) Xx

    1. I love that one word sends us all in different directions – but yet we all point to Him. Such a beautiful part of this community! You did have a different take, but I appreciated it. Doubt can be a pretty complex thing, right? Thanks for visiting and adding to the conversations. Always blessed by your words!

  7. Tiffany, thank you for the reminder that the Lord knows how. He knows how to deliver us, to redeem our mistakes, to enable us to fulfill callings He’s given us. It’s as we depend on and trust Him that we are let in on the intricacies of His divine plan for our lives. As we seek to know Him and to love Him more, we walk in peace and confidence and not in doubts and uncertainty. Loved this post today my friend!

    1. I can tell that you speak from experience, Jeanne. I agree – God asks us trust and obey even though we can’t see. But our reward for the exercise of faith is that He gradually reveals His good plans. I know I see them all the time and yet I fail to remember His goodness when the next trial comes along. I’m so grateful we have His word that comes alive to guide us! Blessings, sweet friend.

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