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The Difference Between Doubt and Unbelief

March 4, 2019

Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.” But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips. Job 2:9-10

Doubt and unbelief are very different, and if you want to help a person who is struggling in this area, then discerning the difference is of great importance.

You can see the difference in the story of a married couple who experienced a great family tragedy—Job and his wife. In one day, they lost their business, wealth, property, and every one of their ten children, when the house where they were holding a party collapsed.

Job and his wife were thrown into a tailspin, and they responded in completely different ways.

Suffering exposed Job’s love for God as he wrestled with mysteries he could not understand, and the same suffering exposed his wife’s unbelief: “Curse God and die,” she said.

Their response to suffering was the most revealing thing about them, and it will be one of the most revealing things about you too.

We don’t know what happened to Job’s wife. We do know that she had children later on, and so it might be that God worked a miracle in her soul just like he did for the Apostle Paul.

Can you identify someone in your life who is struggling with doubt? Unbelief? Take a moment to pray for him or her.

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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