6 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. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. James 1:6-8
In verse 3, trials were also referred to as “the testing of your faith”. When you come under fire in life, your faith is attacked. What you hold in the depths of your heart, what you believe about God, your attitude towards the truths of the Bible and Christianity – these things are tested. That is why we find ourselves asking questions about God that we should have buckled down even before the going got tough. A friend of mine, after losing a loved one remarked how it is necessary for one to be sure of the sovereignty of God before hitting a storm because the storm will rock your boat. As we pray in the hard times, we are commanded to believe and not doubt. The effects of doubting are that our expectation to receive from God is dampened if not lost – this way, we will not pray fervently. Also, we become unstable, flimsy, unfocused and impotent.
Today, remind yourself 1) what faith is – the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen, 2) how faith comes – by hearing the word of God and 3) that faith is the way to please God and to be commended and rewarded by Him. Read these verses and ask God to remind you of these truths: Heb 11:1, Rom 10:17, Heb 11:6