Dictionary of Bible Themes
Scripture provides examples of believers who express temporary doubts--in particular about the willingness and power of God to deliver his people, the nature of his purpose, and their own place within the divine plan.
Examples of those doubting their effectiveness to serve God
Those temporarily doubting God's promises
Those doubting God's power
Abraham and Isaac doubt God's protection
Moses and Israel in the desert
Exodus 5:22-23 See also Exodus 14:10-11 The Israelites doubt God's protection at the Red Sea; Numbers 11:21-22 Moses doubts God's provision of food; Numbers 13:31-33 The ten spies doubt God's power to give victory in Canaan; Numbers 20:7-12 Moses strikes the rock twice.
Others doubting God's deliverance
1 Samuel 17:11 The people of Israel are dismayed by the challenge from Goliath; Isaiah 7:2 King Ahaz, afraid of the coalition of Syria and Israel turns to Assyria for help; Matthew 14:29-31 Peter, walking on water, is afraid and begins to sink; Acts 12:14-15 The early church does not believe that God has released Peter from prison.
Believers questioning God
Questioning God's actions
Questioning God's commands
Jesus Christ's disciples:
Believers with doubts about Jesus Christ