Saying no to God comes from both stubbornness and doubt. Stubbornness, in that we want our will over God’s, and doubt, in that we trust our plan over His.
We’re well aware of the first, of why we want to do what we want. Simply put, we find pleasure in certain sins—even when we know there will be consequences.
Doing our will comes naturally; it takes no effort. It is familiar. We can hardly imagine our life without it. We are prone to entertain even the sins we actually dislike simply because they are routine.
What we may not realize, though, is that sin also manifests doubt. These very actions declare a trust in self; and by default, that means a mistrust (or a missed opportunity to trust) in God.
The internal argument triggered by temptation is one of both affection and will—urging us to do what we want while at the same time making us question God’s goodness.
But if we were to step outside the argument and reflect on our own past, we would almost certainly say, “Of course God is to be trusted! I see it now; He has been right in every situation.”
So, why doubt Him now?
Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed,
and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”
(John 6:67–69 ESV)