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What happens when you doubt God?

By Daniel Francis

Any believers of divine intervention? Divine intervention can be defined as God sending you a message in the form of a sign. This message tends to point you in the right direction, alleviate the anxiety of an uncertain decision or even make you aware of something important to which you might be ignorant. There are even times when the message guides you to an obstacle that God wants you to overcome.

I have had a somewhat constant relationship with God through divine intervention. My faith could improve, but I have had consistent signs that point me in the right direction when I needed them most. So much so that I began looking out for these signs in times of uncertainty.

In most instances, God sends someone to tell me what I need to hear exactly when I need to hear it or to ease my concerns about my next move. He has even inserted words directly into my mind in times of quiet, for example when he gave me the idea and the name for my first book, The Millennial Mind when I had not ever considered becoming an author.

His message is always timely, and it often is antecedent to a breakthrough or positive result.

My most recent sign from God came in the form of a message from an acquaintance to “Keep going.” I recall vividly I was worried about 2022. I could not see many clear avenues for the income I wanted to produce, and as an entrepreneur, that is an extremely precarious position in which to be.

Also, as men, we subconsciously understand that in this day and age our value is disproportionately scaled on our earning potential. We don’t talk about that, but I know it is something most men notice.

Within this flurry of fear, I had a plan, but I was not certain of the plausibility of that plan, which my acquaintance knew nothing of, yet she kept repeating the words “keep going, keep going, keep going…” throughout our chat. So I said, “I hear You, God.”

Now, I do not have to tell you how difficult these pandemic times have been. Globally, we are in year three of all this and there does not seem to be an end in sight.

We never expected our lives to be changed so drastically by a microscopic virus but here we are. We are forced into unfamiliar territory, the new normal, and it affects everything.

It is expected that our faith experiences an extra degree of daily challenges with the current environment. I am not knocking virtual Mass or anything, but nothing compares to the real thing.

I was at a point where I was fearful of what my next move might bring, and the words, “Keep Going” emboldened me….but—yes there’s always a but—this time was different.

I do not know if the hardships of this pandemic had grounded my faith down to dust or the stakes being as high as they were frightened me, but I began doubting His message.

In truth, I doubted God. I was afraid of what was on the other side if I kept going. This doubt of God made me feel like a bad Catholic and that’s not a great feeling.

I explored that feeling of doubt and I eventually arrived at a position, a reminder really. I am human and therefore I am flawed. It is normal to doubt, especially in these times.

It is important to not let the present hardships allow us to forget the path that God has carved out for us up until this point. The fact that you are alive right now reading this means that you are still here, and you have survived.

It is interesting when you think about your life thus far. The resolution may not have been instant or easy, but you overcame the challenges. We do not realise that we trust in God and overcome everything in our path to get where we are today and Covid is no different.

Take your fear in stride but know that God always has you no matter what. To quote the Bible, “I will never fail you; I will never abandon you” (Heb 13:5).

Daniel Francis is a millennial helping other millennials. He is a two-time author of the books The Millennial Mind and The Millennial Experience, and an entrepreneur. Over the past four years, he has served as a Personal Development Coach whose work targets Millennials and helps them tap into their full potential. He is also a Self-publishing coach and has guided hundreds on self-publishing their book successfully.

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