Faith in God’s Will
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. – James 1:6
James often used examples in nature because his audience could relate well. They traveled by foot, lived in mostly open air environments, and worked mainly as fishermen, farmers, and shepherds. They could identify closely with what it meant to be driven and tossed by the wind as a wave is. Waves tossed by the wind are uncontrollable at times and often nothing can be done but hold on tight and ride it out. If they doubt, they understood that there would be grave repercussions. This is a serious concept to them and they would not have taken it lightly. We must understand that asking in faith requires both a head knowledge and a heart knowledge. It requires a steadfast understanding and acceptance of God’s will. I pray every day for that kind of steadfast understanding and acceptance of God’s will in my own life. Asking God for anything in faith without doubting is one of the hardest human things to accomplish. Only through the strength of Christ is it possible.
Maranatha! (Come, Lord Jesus!)
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