Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Believe and Not Doubt

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.  James 1:5-7

Wisdom, as James understands it, is the ability to live life well and make good decisions. Wisdom doesn’t come from old age or hard knocks. Wisdom begins with knowing and depending absolutely on God, who is never stingy when it comes to wisdom for those who seek it. He supplies all the wisdom we need when we ask. But when we try to go it alone—without God—trouble is around the corner.  Footnote in the Voice translation.

I can assure you that wisdom does not come with age or I would be rivaling Solomon but I digress.  What made todays verse come to mind is a time of uncertainty that my wife and I are facing.  It is not of a serious nature but it is the type of situation that we would be most comforted if we knew what the Lord had in store for us within the next 12 months.  I could have chosen Matthew 6:34 which says “34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 What appears to be causing our angst is that at some level we must be doubting that God’s plan for our lives will be every bit as good or better than the plan we have for ourselves.  Do not get me wrong, on an intellectual level we totally believe that God is sovereign, all powerful and in complete control.  We accept as fact that He is merciful, full of grace and compassion.  But…

Come on admit it, even the staunchest of believers have their “But” moments.  It is when Satan makes a grand entrance into the recesses of our minds and plants doubt.  “Did God really say…” what a great opening line to entice Eve.  In our case Satan is saying “what if God’s plan is ultimately better for you but not at all what you are hoping for?”

Facing the unknown whether it is retirement, a serious illness, or the fate of a wayward child is difficult for those of us of the “microwave” generation. We are used to getting things quickly, particularly information off the internet.  So waiting upon the Lord as we are instructed to do, seems most challenging.

It is in these circumstances that when both the husband and wife are born again believers one or the other can shine the light of God’s Word on your situation.

 

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