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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Letting Go Of Doubt

In summary of James 1:5-8 it says, "If you don’t know what you’re doing or need wisdom, pray and ask our generous God; he loves to help.  He won’t get down on you for asking.  But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone (in other words, ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought.)  Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed back and forth by the wind.  Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.  Their loyalty is divided between God and the world while trying to keeping all their options open."

Bottom Line:
God’s Word says that If you need guidance or wisdom in a situation, ask him; he is generous and loves to help and won’t get down on you for asking.  However, when you ask, make sure your faith is in God alone.  Ask boldly, believingly, and without giving it a second thought.  If you are wavering with divided loyalty you are being the same as a wave of the sea which is blown back and forth.  If you’re like this don’t expect to receive anything from God as your loyalty is divided between God and the world trying to keep all of your options open.

What this means for me:
God has told me to count on him for any wisdom or guidance I might need.  He will gladly provide it and not get down on me or be condescending just because I asked.  He is a generous God and loves to help me with anything I’m willing to bring to him.  What I’ve learned is that God doesn’t not tolerate wishy-washiness.  I can’t keep all of my options open looking for what comes along that may suit my fancy or be the easy way out.  The wisdom God gives me regarding the situation is something that would benefit me or stretch me.  It may even be something I’d rather shy away from because it is out of my comfort zone or it doesn’t fit within my selfish desires.  God tells us in his Word that if we are divided and not prepared to take his guidance exclusively in a situation that he won’t even provide it.  If I’m like this then I’m unstable in everything that I do. To battle this doubt/unstableness, I need to avoid comparing myself with everybody else (their talent, education, experience.)  Instead I need to look to God as he doesn't want me to be like someone else, he wants me to be me.  I also need to be cautious of bringing up my past failures or playing old tapes in my mind.  All this can do is torment me and prove of no value.  God wants me to forget about the past and move forward in the boldness and newness he gives me.  He wants to use me today and I can’t be used if my mind is in the past.  Today, I look to what God would want me to accomplish versus wasting time with being unstable or doubting.