Not Troubled with Doubts

by . D.L. Moody

 (from ‘Moody’s Stories: Anecdotes, Incidents and Illustrations’)

One of the happiest men I ever knew was a man in Dundee, Scotland, who had fallen and broken his back when he was a boy of fifteen. He had lain on his bed for about forty years, and could not be moved without a good deal of pain. Probably not a day had passed in all those years without acute suffering. But day after day the grace of God had been granted to him, and when I was in his chamber it seemed as if I was as near heaven as I could get on earth. I can imagine that when the angels passed over Dundee, they had to stop there to get refreshed.

When I saw him, I thought he must be beyond the reach of the tempter, and I asked him: “Doesn’t Satan ever tempt you to doubt God, and to think that He is a hard Master?”

“Oh, yes,” he said, “he does try to tempt me. I lie here and see my old schoolmates driving along in their carriages, and Satan says: ‘If God is so good, why does He keep you here all these years? You might have been a rich man, riding in your own carriage.’ Then I see a man who was young when I was walk by in perfect health, and Satan whispers: ‘If God loved you, couldn’t He have kept you from breaking your back?'”

“What do you do when Satan tempts you?”

“Ah, I just take him to Calvary, and I show him Christ, and I point out those wounds in His hands and feet and side, and say, ‘Doesn’t He love me?’ and the fact is, he got such a scare there eighteen hundred years ago that he cannot stand it; he leaves me every time.”

That bedridden saint had not much trouble with doubts; he was too full of the grace of God.

One Response to "Not Troubled with Doubts"

  1. Zac Poonen
    Zac Poonen Posted on February 21, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Every believer can be like that man – without a SINGLE murmur or complaint – if only they saw Jesus’ love, not only on Calvary, but in the numerous little things He does for them every day, and if they developed the habit of thanking God for each of those mercies and blessings. Un-thankfulness for God’s mercies is the beginning of all backsliding. We see in Romans 1 that the failure to honor God and give thanks to Him (Romans 1:21) is what leads people to fall into all the sins listed thereafter in verse 22 to 32. “In EVERYTHING give thanks for THIS IS the will of God for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thess.5:18)

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