I lit a candle in the dark morning hours, sipped some coffee and turned to Matthew 4:1-11. As I read, sparse light over the horizon illuminated a small word with huge implications: doubt.
Jesus was led into the wilderness and the temptation He was about to face, prompted me to considered my own struggle with doubt. How many times do I succumb to disbelief?
At Jesus’ baptism, God announced that Jesus was His Son. After that, He entered into the wilderness where Satan would try to make Him doubt his identity amongst other things. Satan said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” (Italics added). And yet, Jesus never doubted. He responded, “It is written…”
Three temptations, three bold proclamations: “IT IS!” Speaking truth over lies.
I awoke doubting this morning.
“If you were called to write, things would have fallen into place by now.”
“If you are supposed to lead a conference, there wouldn’t be available seats.”
“If you are a daughter of the King, you would have more faith.”
And then I read Jesus’ three powerful words. “IT IS WRITTEN!”
I began to confess the way Jesus did.
“It is written, ‘For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.’” Habakkuk 2:3
“It is written, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”‘ Philippians 4:13
“It is written, ‘And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.'” Romans 8:30
Join me today. Let’s obliterate doubt by confessing God’s truth and proclaiming, “It is written…”