Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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.
(James 1:6 (NIV))
Why would anyone bother to ask for something if they didn’t believe that it could be attained?
Why would you ask and then vacillate, or waiver, about what you just asked for?
Think about this concept in the following contexts. From a man’s perspective, how would the following scenarios play out in relationship to the two questions above? Would you ask someone to marry you if you didn’t believe that it could happen? What if you asked someone to marry you and then immediately responded with something like, “Never mind! I didn’t mean it!”? Now, suppose that you then asked again and then changed your mind again.
The first scenario shows your lack of faith while the second scenario shows your lack of decisiveness. Both scenarios reflect negatively on you.
Think about this in terms of asking for something from God.
Why ask God for something if you don’t believe that He can or will do it? We have a tendency to place God in a box of our own design and by so doing, we limit Him to our understanding. If God spoke everything into existence, what makes you think that He is limited in His response to you?
Why ask God for something if you can’t decide what you want to ask Him? We are told that we should approach God with confidence.
In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
(Ephesians 3:12 (NIV))
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
(1 John 5:14 (NIV))
With this in mind, let’s take this one step further. When we approach God in confidence, we are told that this is the very definition of faith.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
(Hebrews 11:1 (NIV))
We must rest assuredly on the promises that we have been given. We must have faith that when we seek God’s will and when we ask for something in confidence according to His will, that it will be done. We must not be clouded in doubt?
Is your belief clouded by doubt?