When reading my morning scripture I was reminded that wavering in doubt, fear, and wonder is not what Jesus has outlined for the Christian life. In fact, we are out of the will of God, when we slip into doubt, fear and start to question the Word of God and why we are allowed to go through trials.
Life can sometimes present a pattern of heartbreak, unhappiness, illness, financial despair, and life-things that astound us. Most of us know that even the professionals tell us that; “life is unfair.” It seems that each family has certain things to cope with, endure, and often live with their entire life.
We often slip into doubt because of our own lack of perseverance to take God at his word, and slip into a state of disbelief. We complain, waver, we slip, and we forget that the trial of our faith worketh patience. It is not easy, it sometimes take our breath away, however, it does not mean that God does not love us and know what is going on.
When we get to this point of questioning, wavering, and disbelief, we should remember this:
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But, let him ask in faith, NOTHING WAVERING. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” James 1: 2-7 KJV
Divers Temptation - trails, suffering, poverty, calamity, humiliation, and diseases that take life away, and often all of what appears to be unjustified.
We forget that to experience the fullness of Jesus Christ, we must take him at his word. We fail to keep believing when it seems the answers do not come to us as we feel they should. And, when do not receive the healing that we know we need, and often the answers are not easy to bear. It is often hard to keep steady in faith when we are tested to the guilt. We should remind ourselves of what God says in-
Isaiah 55:8” For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
IN ADDITION, more importantly: “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” James 1: 13, 14
Jesus sees what is behind us, what is before us, and the in-between. He knows our strengths, and our weaknesses. He knows just how much we are suffering, and how much we can bear. He knows that we are dust and he knows that some things do not have answers we want to hear.
Let me remind you of this scripture….
“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.”(Meaning our body). 11 Corinthians 4: 8-11.
It is hard to accept and be joyful with certain aspects of life. When we see children dying of cancer, men, and women being gunned down by the wicked, and so much strife within the human race, there seems to be no good answer. However, Jesus knows the reasons, understands our pain and frustration. He is forever, and always paying attention to what we need.
The point of this post and these scriptures is to give you courage to keep the faith, stay steadfast, know that God always knows where you are, what is going on in your life and he will provide peace for you.
“I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” John 14:18
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11Linda