Let Go of Doubt
James 1:2-8 (NIV)
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 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. 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 was encouraging the disciples to rejoice and consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds. Why should I be joyful when I face trials? If I fail at something, wouldn’t I have doubts of my ability to persevere and get through the trials? I was just watching a baseball game the other day, and the sports caster was commenting on the pitcher being thirty-six years old, pitching for nine-years and having two Tommy-John surgeries. Those surgeries could mean the end of a career for a baseball player.
Instead of packing it in, this player had to go through the rehabilitation until he regains strength and control in his pitching arm. When you get older, the recovery time could take longer, but there was no doubt in his mind that he was going to recover and do whatever it takes to get back to pitching.
If I look at what James writes, he is answering that question of doubt and says that God has the answers. Ask God for wisdom and believe that it will be accomplished. This all comes back down to faith in the power of God. Jesus was surprised by the lack of faith in the people, even after he had performed miracles to demonstrate the power of God.