Tonight I was sitting with my youngest son, now 15, just talking about these two bible verses I had highlighted in my bible. I love that he was curious and interested in knowing what the verses were about. This was not a study for his youth group at church. This was just a random moment tonight with my teen. I cherish moments like this.
These verses we talked about are about believing when we ask God for anything. Sometimes we sit praying and even crying to God to give us the answer to our problems. We want God to figure it all out for us and just give us a solution to put an end to our agony. We go to God hoping we can get some clarity and direction. But if we seek God for answers and don’t truly wholeheartedly believe in God for the answers we are asking with doubt. Doubting is just another way we allow our emotions to control our thoughts. We allow those negative thoughts to keep us from truly believing in what God can do for us. Our emotions go this way and that way…up and down…just like a “wave blown and tossed by the wind”…unstable. There is no steadiness in doubt. But when we believe with all our hearts, we are calm and at ease knowing God is control and God will provide what we ask of Him. We can let go and give it to God without trying to control anything on our end. We are able to be patient trusting that God will provide the wisdom we seek from Him. Every evening when I work on my post or when I’m working on my books, I sit and pray. I seek God first for wisdom, knowledge and guidance before I write a word. I ask God to provide me with the words He wants me to write. To guide my direction. And He does! Tonight I had just prayed and sat staring at my bible reading these verses thinking what will I write about tonight. Let’s be honest…sometimes my mind is just blank and exhausted and it’s difficult to get my words together. God leads me as I write. Tonight, after having read these verses a couple times, I read them out loud to my son and he explained to me how he understood it and I went into further detail explaining the part about doubt being compared to the wave of the sea. After discussing it for a few minutes it was clear what God wanted me to write. I needed to be reminded that when I turn to God for anything, I have to truly give it all to Him and believe that He will give me the wisdom I am seeking. He will provide all my needs, but I have to truly believe when I turn to Him. I can’t just ask God for something and then sit worrying the next few days how am I going to make it all happen. Right there I’m doubting. Believe in God and let go of all that doubt. Give it ALL to God and know that with God you have so much to gain and nothing to lose. Don’t feel that God won’t answer your prayers because of something you have done or because of your past. God doesn’t keep count of all your mistakes. He just wants you to turn to Him believing with all your heart.
Psst…God Loves You
“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. 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 1:5-6