Best Bible Verses On Doubt When You Question God

It is a given in our world that we will struggle with times of doubt at one point or another. Since we are sensory-driven, whenever we encounter something that challenges our senses, a tendency may be to entertain doubt. 

Our Heavenly Father understands human nature and provides us with solid life-giving truths found in God’s word.

Interestingly, it isn’t during our mountaintop experiences or our intimate moments with God that doubt presents. 

God’s adversary understands that during our day of trouble, in our weakest valley treks or wilderness isolations, doubt pours in like a wave of the sea.

 Our minds are pummeled with questions about whether God sees or knows, while our hearts descend to utter despair and become breeding grounds for the seeds of doubt. It is in these moments that we need Bible verses on Doubt. 

What is doubt?

According to author Domenic Marbaniang, the Greek word for doubt ranges from ‘to be perplexed’, ‘to be suspended ‘, or ‘to waver.’ The Bible does not condemn us for our doubt but calls us to be convicted of it. This distinction offers hope, reminding us that doubt hinders our trust in God. 

By overcoming our doubts, we can come to a more profound understanding of our beliefs and a stronger, more resilient faith. 

Who were the people in the Bible who had doubt?

Doubt is the opposite of faith. Being human, many Biblical characters wrestled with doubt which is often a companion to the spirit of fear. Abraham’s wife Sarah, John the Baptist, and others had moments of doubt. 

Probably one of the most recognizable stories about doubting concerns the disciple, Thomas. In fact, throughout history, the expression “doubting Thomas” is used to refer to this skeptic. The encounter occurs in John 20: 25- 29.

“They told him, ‘We have seen the Lord!’ But he replied, ‘I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.’ ” (NLT) 

For most people, Thomas’ story ends with his doubt. However, we serve a mighty God who sees the whole picture and knows that despite his doubt, Thomas would serve as a faithful witness for Christ.

In the same chapter of John, verse 27, we see Thomas present when Jesus appears, and Jesus invites Thomas to satisfy his skepticism by touching his wounds.

Jesus didn’t banish Thomas from seeing him; his response was loving while drawing his disciple near.

Photo of an open Bible and the caption, "Thoughts on 'doubting Thomas' John 20:25-27. These are some of the Bible verses on doubt.
Thoughts on “Doubting Thomas”, taken from Bible verses on doubt in John chapter 20.

Thomas questioned, and Jesus answered so we could see that if our doubt is due to confusion or perplexity, we are accepted because of God’s ability to understand our heart’s posturing.

History further states that Thomas continued the work of Jesus, possibly to India, where he was martyred for his faith. Doubt didn’t disqualify his calling. 

Bible verses about doubt and faith

Scripture quotations give us the answers to the struggle with doubt. The Word of God is where we find the presence of God and the banishment of our perplexities about Him. 

As previously mentioned, one of the origins of the word doubt is” to waver.”

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” (NIV)

This passage is significant since most of our doubt is linked to when we need wisdom or clarity in a situation.

When our way doesn’t seem clear, when we don’t know which way to turn, or we are restless in our journey, wisdom answers our desperate needs. 

Doubt hides in the shadows at the crossroads of our hearts, offering nothing but confusion, and then we waver between faith and fear.

The apostle James identifies that doubt is neither helpful nor beneficial to our circumstances as it leads to instability, blowing us to and fro like a wave. 

Freedom from doubt is possible, and overcoming it is doable when we understand that it is a “testing of your faith”. Consistency in scripture is one way to combat the onslaught of doubt that comes our way. 

We must continuously examine our hearts for seeds of doubt, for they become conduits to more profound heart issues. Anything that leads us away from our reliance on God to trust in ourselves must be dealt with swiftly. 

Human reasoning and self-reliance are springboards of doubt when the unexplainable comes calling. Yet, those are the moments we must press into God’s word, fully trusting that God will sustain us.

Matthew 21:21 ESV

And Jesus answered them,”Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen.”

Mark 11:23 (ESV)

“Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.”

Photo of an open Bible and thoughts from Matthew 21:21 and Mark 11:23 which are some of the Bible verses on doubt.
Thoughts from Bible verses on doubt in Matthew 21:21 and Mark 11:23

Jude 1:22 (ESV)

“have mercy on those who doubt.” (This is a directive to Christians to have patience with those who struggle with doubt.)

Proverbs 3:5 (ESV)

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” 

Hebrews 11:1,6 (ESV)

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and he rewards those who seek him.”

2 Corinthians 5:7 (ESV)

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 

Practical help based on Bible verses on doubt

The answers to so many of the problems we encounter, how to live life, and yes, how to deal with doubt are the same.

  1. Get into God’s Word
  2. Change your thoughts
  3. Talk to God
  4. Memorize key Bible promises

It is important to spend plenty of time in the Word of God so that we begin to fully understand the love of God.

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17 (ESV)

The one who made the lame walk, the blind see, the deaf hear, and raised people from the dead offers the same power over our doubts through the promises of God.

The word of the Lord is powerful. It will guide us today and on into old age and even through the valley of the shadow of death. The better we know God, the less doubts we will have when life gives us bad news. 

Next time you face doubts, get into the Bible and study the evidence where God sustained His people.

Related: How to be still and know God in a busy world

Then pray in the name of the Son of God to believe all the promises that He has given, including this one for changing our thoughts in order to have peace. 

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9 (ESV)

Related: Are your thoughts holding you captive?

Other promises that are essential to hang onto when doubts start to creep into your mind are: 

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (ESV)

Photo of an open Bible and thoughts from Joshua 1:9, Isaiah 41:10 and Luke 1:37, some of the Bible verses on doubt and faith.
Thoughts from Bible verses on doubt are found in Joshua 1:9, Isaiah 41:10, 13, and Luke 1:37.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand … For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” Isaiah 41:10, 13 (ESV)

“For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 (ESV)

Doubt is a common thread all believers face. How we deal with doubt will determine the effectiveness of our Christian walk. We need an arsenal of Bible verses on doubt for these times we face.

Related: Best Bible verses to memorize for beginners

A prayer for when struggling with doubt

Heavenly Father, 

How I thank you that you have compassion on me when I only have alittle faith and many doubts. I don’t want to be a “double-minded man” that your word talks about. 

O Lord, Help me to not lean on my own understanding, but cling to Christ Jesus who was so kind to “doubting Thomas” in his struggles. Help me to have a sound mind as I trust in You. 

I am grateful for eternal life and the Holy Spirit living in me who helps remind me of your promises.

Help me remember that the nail marks on your hands are the guarantee that I am spiritually safe regardless of what life throws at me. Help me focus my mind on you when doubts arise. 

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ I pray, Amen. 

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Photo of a prayer for when struggling with doubt, reflecting the Bible verses on doubt used in this article.
Prayer that reflects the Bible verses on doubt used in this article.

Doubt cannot abide in communion with faith, for as the Bible says, no one can serve two masters. Overcoming doubt is possible as we learn to trust and put our faith in our living God, our source, above it all.

About the author:

Katherine Brey, lover of Jesus, has been married to Scott for 36 years. She has two adult daughters – Bethany and Jennah and two fur babies- Indie and Oliver. Her latest blessings are her new grandbabies, Ellery and Jude.

Katherine’s greatest passion is to know Jesus and make him known at Katy Ro Inspirational Blog. She resides with her brood in beautiful Northwest Arkansas.

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Katherine Brey, Author of “Bible Verses On Doubt.”

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