by Dr. Charles Stanley
Wednesday May 3, 2006
It is easy to have faith that God is going to do something in the distant future. For example, if you were to walk into a church service and ask the congregation, “Who believes that Jesus Christ is returning?” nearly every hand would go up. But if you ask an indebted man whether he thinks God will reduce his liability in three months, he is likely to express doubts. And yet our day-to-day life is where we must practice unswerving faith if we hope to be effective for the Lord.
James tells us that our faith cannot be like the waves of the sea. Stormy waters rush first in one direction and then seem to double back on themselves and race the opposite way. In the Christian life, we rush forward to do the Lord’s will until He makes a difficult request or allows a painful experience to confront us. Suddenly we are driven in the other direction by our doubts.
The reason we hesitate to trust God fully is that we judge our circumstances by what we see. Sight is often the enemy of faith because our eyes and brains cannot envision a method for the Lord to do what He promises. Our scriptural
knowledge that God can do anything and our experience of His past faithfulness make us want to follow His will. But the obvious impracticality of our situation fills us with doubt. And so we are tossed like a sea wave.
Faith can overcome doubt only through action. We turn a blind eye to circumstances and make the first step toward doing God’s work. If we exercise our faith every day, those seas of doubt cannot rage so fiercely.
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