Faith Without a Doubt

When we come to God for wisdom, He never scolds us for coming, no matter how often we come to Him. Because God is good and generous and gracious, chapter 1 of James says we should never approach Him with doubt. If we fail to trust Him, we shouldn’t expect Him to answer.

The word “faith” is found only twice in the Old Testament, but it’s found sixteen times in the book of James alone.  Hebrews 11:6 reminds us that without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. If we approach God without faith, we’ve decided to live life our own way, to make our own decisions, to separate ourselves from Him. When we come without faith, the reason God doesn’t answer is because of our doubt and lack of faith.

James says that a person who prays doubting is like the sea that is blown and tossed about by the wind. That person is encouraged one moment, discouraged the next. Paul uses the same example for immature believers. He speaks of them as tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, in Ephesians 4:14.

The man of faith is a man looking in only one direction for the wisdom he needs. He knows that the God to whom he prays is able and willing to respond to his need.  God is able to help us in our trials because He Himself chose suffering. As man, He went through all that mankind experienced, from the little irritations of family life, hard work and lack of money to the worse horrors of pain and humiliation, defeat, despair, and death. When He was a man, He was born in poverty and died in disgrace and thought it well worthwhile. Trust Him and come to Him in faith.

Larry Cobb

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