“He who doubts is like a wave of the sea, tossed and blown by the wind, that man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord.” Believe and do not doubt. That’s the message here in the book of James. It’s not meant to condemn, nor feel harsh. It’s meant to instill a vivid understanding of how important faith really is. No matter how bleak things look, nor how long the wait until we see our breakthrough, we must, at all costs, in every situation and circumstance, stand and stay in faith for the things God has promised us.
He has promised us life eternal, if we believe His Son died for us. He has promised us His righteousness, which was imputed unto us because of that sacrifice, if we believe in His righteous and not our own. He has promised us life, and that more abundantly, for those who believe. He has promised us long life and protection for those who dwell in the shelter of the Most High. Remaining in Him, abiding in Him, communing with Him, loving on Him and longing for more of Him secures a heavenly place even while here on earth. Only He can leave a Psalm for us that says we can command the angels to go and bring in our goods. Only He can make our enemies be at peace with us. Only He can cause all men to give unto our bosom until our vats, barns and storehouses overflow. Only He could hang on a cross, torn in two, bloody and in agony, and still ask the Father to forgive those persecuting him because “they know not what they do.” If any have had the strength to do the latter, in the most painful and dire of all circumstances, it is only because He lives within them. Human understanding cannot fully comprehend the grace, goodness and forgiveness of God. Yet, it is there for us, readily available. So why do we flounder, flail and fear?
We fret, fear and worry only because we allow the cares of this world to choke the word and the love and the power of God until it becomes faint and distant. Vicious voices of doubt distract with their loud, vile thoughts. Perplexing thing is, these voices are often only in our own head. So silencing them should be as easy as hearing them. There is no way those voices, nor the enemy himself, can continue to inundate or influence our heart, mind, will, emotions, demeanor, or determination if we rise up with the word of God and command every lie to be bound. With Christ and in the name of Jesus, we do have the power to do that. Keeping our eyes fixed on the author and finisher of our faith, keeping our schedules packed only with the word and ample worship time, will assure auditory information remains hopeful, wise and purposeful in positioning us for greatness. Muzzle the devil and level the playing field with a bump up in word time. Defeat the doubt with prayerful praise. Overcome defeat and depression with a decision to lift up our eyes and acknowledge our help is coming from the Lord. We cannot doubt. Period. We cannot get in a rut or routine that disregards our Godly disciplines. If we do, surely doubt will set in.
Is faith, hope and love lacking? Press in and praise. Is worry and anxiety taking center stage? Rest in Him and read. Worship and word. Worship and word. Worship and word. More of it. More and more of Jesus. Pray without ceasing. Talk to Him, thanking Him constantly. Thanking Him long before we ask for a thing is precious to Him. A grateful heart will bring more to be grateful for.
As we enter into the month of Thanksgiving, let us give thanks that we need not doubt, fret or fear. Our help is on the way. Our help comes from the Lord and there is nothing too hard for Him. His love never fails and His promises are ever true. Believe it and we will receive it.