Shakespeare on Doubt

“Our doubts are traitors,
and make us lose the good we oft might win,
by fearing to attempt.” William Shakespeare

I wonder if Shakespeare was thinking of this passage from Matthew when he wrote those lines (from the NASB):

Matthew 14:23 After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.
Matthew 14:24 But the boat was already a long distance from the land, battered by the waves; for the wind was contrary.
Matthew 14:25 And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea.
Matthew 14:26 When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear.
Matthew 14:27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
Matthew 14:28 Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
Matthew 14:29 And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
Matthew 14:30 But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Matthew 14:31 Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and *said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Matthew 14:32 When they got into the boat, the wind stopped.
Matthew 14:33 And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “You are certainly God’s Son!”

Peter shows what we can accomplished if we put away doubt even for a moment.

One Reply to “Shakespeare on Doubt”

  1. I have no doubt that all of our faults vanish when His Love overcomes our own world completely, for it is written,

    “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. ” (1 Jn 4:10)

    There’s still some ray of hope when a situation does not look good.

    Each day sunshine can be found in the heart that’s like an open door even if the day’s cloudy. Once you know the boundaries when you look into the clouds, you should also know that there’s light and life with God that go beyond the sky.

    Even though seasons will change…the Lord doesn’t (Mal 3:6) and “his steadfast love endures forever” (Ps 136:1-26)


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