Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Doubt and its Cousin - Anxiety

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
—James 1:5-8

 It has been said that doubt, for a Christian, is a lack of confidence or assurance that God will do what He has promised.  So it follows for me that when I am doubting God it is no wonder that I become somewhat anxious.  For me it is the age old problem, i.e. my intellect and my emotions are out of sync.  Perhaps this is true for you as well.

Positive Self-talk
What is also true for me is that most often my doubt comes from self-talk.  I convince myself that something is not going to work out, at least the way I want it to.  Therein lies the double mindedness.  First I am doubting that God is going to do something and then I’m doubting that even if He does it won’t be what I would have hoped for.   In case you are tracking with me let’s see if there is a way out of this predicament.

My self-talk gets me into these messes and my self-talk must get me out.  I must remind myself that God is omnipotent and omniscient.   If He truly knows all things then He knows what is best for me.  IF He is truly omnipotent He has the power to make my circumstances turn our well. If He is my loving Father I will benefit from whatever the short-term outcome.
They have come up with a 5Hour Energy drink, I guess I’m waiting for a 5Hour Faith drink, for it is my faith that is weak.  It is my lack of faith that causes me to doubt and to become anxious.  I must remember God by definition can meet the challenges in my life (and yours).

So whether you are having problems with your children, you are struggling financially, your marriage is not what you had hoped it would be or you are faced with a malady that the doctors can’t identify there is only One source of hope, only One who can ultimately bring relief and healing and that is God. 

I’m feeling better already.

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