Relationship between Doubt and Belief

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NAU Luke 1:18 Zacharias said to the angel, “How will I know this for certain? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in years.”  19 The angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 “And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time.”

NIV Luke 1:18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.” 19 The angel answered, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time.”

KJV Luke 1:18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. 19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.  20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.

Doubt is questioning certainty, wondering about truth. Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, was conversing with an angel and questioned the certainty of the instructions being given to him. Since the Greek word for belief means confidence, and Zacharias lacked certainty or confidence in the angelic message, then Zacahrias’ problem was really a lack of belief in the authoritative message being delivered to him. One of the causes of doubt, then, is the lack of belief. And Zacharias suffered the consequence for his doubt and unbelief:

NAU Luke 1:22 But when he came out, he was unable to speak to them; and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he kept making signs to them, and remained mute.

NIV Luke 1:22 When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak.

KJV Luke 1:22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.

A cause of doubt is unbelief. As Zacharias has shown us there is a consequence for unbelief in the revealed will of God. Let us not be caught doubting the revealed will of God.

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