When I was in my early 20’s, I met a handful of guys (older than me) that poured into my life for about two years. We would meet in a coffee shop every Thursday morning and talk about life. Their wives prayed for us when our first child was born. We spent lots of time together.
Our belief systems entered the conversation often. Over and over, my answer to some pretty tough theology was “that is how I was raised”. I wasn’t challenged to think deeply about my faith. I wasn’t challenged to think deeply about what I taught at church. I was a shallow Christian who thought I knew a lot about the Bible. Those guys played a big part in my pursuit of knowledge and facts regarding apologetics and theology.
I want share a portion of one of those conversations with you today.
Let’s rewind to the summer of 1999. We were sitting in a coffee shop in downtown Holland, Michigan when I was talking about some things I was struggling with in my walk with Christ. One of the guys, Troy, opened James 1:8 and gave some strong exhortation.
James 1:8 – “An indecisive man is unstable in all his ways.” (HCSB)
Troy said, “If God is asking you to do something, you have to do it. You can’t wait. You can’t waiver. Delayed obedience is disobedience. If you live in doubt, instability will rule your life.” I find it interesting that in all of our conversations, this is the one thing that sticks out. The verses that surround this one has powerful instruction for each of us.
James 1:5-8 – “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. (ESV)
I offer a few thoughts about these verses:
1. If you are in a season of life that has uncertainty, God’s wisdom is always better than man’s wisdom. Be sure that you are seeking counsel that is Godly.
2. If you are seeking God’s wisdom, expect Him to show up in your life. God is your biggest fan! Learn to recognize when God is speaking into your life.
3. When you struggle with doubt in your life, go back to the first point. A doubting Christ-follower, becomes an awkward Christ-follower. As waves always crash into something, the doubting Christ-follower will eventually crash and burn.
…are you struggling with doubting the claims of Jesus?
…are you struggling with doubting that God is your biggest fan?
…are you struggling to obey what God is asking of you?
Whatever the circumstance that is bringing doubt to your life, God is bigger than the circumstance. God wants to show up in your life. However, God wants you to want Him to show up.
The journey of life heads a better direction when we place our doubts at the feet of Jesus. How are doing with your doubts, stresses, worries, and anxieties.
Matthew 11:28 – “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (HCSB)