This week I want to give you a quick thought from the book of James that I know we have all struggled with sometime, or many times in our lives. In James 1:6-8 it encourages us to have stable faith, and not to be tossed around as the waves of the sea.
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. James 1:6-8 ESV
When we ask for the wisdom of God, we must lack nothing in our requests, meaning: we should have full confidence that when we ask God for wisdom, He will align our believing hearts to His. So that when we ask for wisdom in His name, we will receive it and if we believe and have confidence, He will fulfill it. If we lack confidence however, James compares that man’s faith to the uncertain waves of the sea. One minute our faith is on top of the wave seeming stable, but then the next minute our faith will be made unstable with the crash of the wave. The faith of a Christian that rises and falls, swells and sinks, is not likely to value the favor of God in answered prayer. The man of wavering faith is described in verse 7 “For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;” and in verse 8, James “drops the mic” and states: “a double-minded man is unstable in ALL his ways.”
When the believers faith is like the waves of the sea, there will be unsteadiness in all of our relationships, conversations, and actions. Basically James is saying that a man who is unstable in his faith will not excel spiritually.
Make sure of your faith in God and ask Him to steady you.