Friday, November 18, 2011

DEVOTION: Times of Doubt by Lisa Harris

Times of doubt can crash against our foundations like a rip tide.  In the first chapter of Joshua, we see Joshua taking over the role of leader of the Israelites.  I’m sure that there were times when Joshua wondered what he was getting into.  He’d seen the disobedience of the Israelites and their lack of faith despite the miraculous signs and wonders God had preformed before them.  More than likely, Joshua had moments when his faith faltered, and yet he knew that he didn’t have to rely on his own strength and power.

“No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life.  As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.” Joshua 1:5-6  With these words, God asks courage from Joshua and promises him success.

God always equips his people when He calls them to do impossible tasks.  He promises that He will never leave or forsake us.  (Hebrews 13:5)  And that promise is for you.

Read the following verse and be encouraged with Isaiah that you don’t have to walk this journey alone.

“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.  The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”  Isaiah 12:2

Prayer:  Lord, please help us to be strong and courageous when times of testing come.

LISA HARRIS is a Christy Award nominated author who has over twenty novels and novella collections in print. She and her husband, Scott, along with their three children, live near the Indian Ocean in Mozambique as missionaries. As a homeschooling mom, life can get hectic, but she sees her writing as an extension of her ministry which also includes running a non-profit organization The ECHO Project. To find out more about her books you can visit her website.


  1. Thank you for the encouraging word. As a writer doubt can be so crippling. We need to constantly remind ourselves who is in control. It is far easier to be courageous when God is leading us.
    Cindy Huff

  2. Well said, Cindy! Doubt really can stop us from reaching what sometimes seems impossible, letting Him lead changes everything. Be blessed today!

  3. Thanks for this, Lisa. You're so right. We all face times like this. I've seen a number of "impossible" situations becoming possible with God, and it's exciting. I just have to keep reminding myself of these times when things get tough.