The answer is simple and clear, but when you hear it, you may doubt.
Answer: Ask for wisdom and believe your Fathers promise.
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5 NAS
The burden of a promise is always on the promise maker. We have the best promise maker that exists.
If you doubt your Fathers promise, you have identified the problem.
As soon as we ask for it, we have God’s wisdom. The thing that prevents God’s wisdom from flourishing in our life is letting fear question our Fathers clear promise in James 1:5.
But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. James 1: 6-8 NAS
If our walk with God is one of faith mixed with doubt and fear, this is double-mindedness, unable to make a decision which causes all kinds of torment and chaos in our lives. We live between fear and faith, like the squirrel who steps out in faith to cross the busy road. In the middle of the road, he sees a car coming at him and doubts, his double-mindedness is revealed. In the end, he stays frozen in the middle of the road and gets run over, so close to freedom. This reminds me of Lot’s wife as they were fleeing the destruction of Sodom, she was so close to freedom but was unsure she was making the right decision. In her mind, she questioned the Angels who relayed God’s message. Doubting God’s word, she turned to look back, just like the squirrel; her double mindedness left her frozen in indecision like a pillar of salt.
If you feel like life is running you over, could it be that you are double minded? Do you waver between faith and fear? Is it hard or even impossible for you to make a decision? Do you fear making the wrong decision, so you do not make decisions? Do you put off decisions to the very last minute, when like the squirrel, you must make a move or get run over? Do you force your spouse to make decisions, so if it goes wrong, you can justify that you are not the one to blame?
This is all a life-based on fear and not faith.
Have you ever thought about abandoning those fears and simply trusting God all out?
I lived much of my life in double-mindedness, and it still tries to rise up in my life today. Double-mindedness is allowing fear to run your life, afraid to make decisions because we might make the wrong decision. Then making decisions at the last second because time is about to expire and we need to get out of the road or get run over. This type of decision is also fear based. It is the best way to make a bad decision after suffering the torment of double-mindedness for an untold period of time, prior to that point.
Now here is the simple answer. But, I know you will be inclined to doubt it can be this simple. The answer is to always trust God’s word like a little child over our fears. Our Father knows all and is for us and not against us. If you have asked God for wisdom today, James 1:5 states, He has given it to you. You are now fully prepared to make that decision. When you make that decision, it is God’s wisdom doing it for you. Do you believe it? Or do you doubt?
This does not mean everything will work out as you want. Our human perspective as to what is best for us is very limited and often motivated by our still fallen and selfish flesh. Our Fathers view is perfect, and He will work out everything for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Rom 8:28 NAS
When you choose to abandon double-mindedness and face your fears, you are walking in faith, believing God’s word over the fear of making the wrong decision. Faith is what God is looking for in us, not the perfection of our flesh. Without faith, it is impossible to please God. The Bible states we must believe that God exists and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. Now, I know you believe God exists, but do you believe He wants to reward you? Or do you doubt this truth?
And 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 seek Him. Heb 11:6 NAS
Think about it; many people would like to be able to see into the future so they can make the perfect decision. We have a loving Father who knows exactly what the future holds. He is telling us to trust Him, to believe and stop doubting. He holds our perfect vision for the future. He wants to take you by the hand and lead you down the right path. Does it make any sense to trust our limited vision and fears over His guidance?
Maybe you are trapped so deep in double-mindedness that you read these words, doubt and think, I cannot trust anyone that much, not even God. If that is you, One thing I am certain of is that you want freedom from the fear and double-mindedness that is plaguing you. So, start small. Trust God with one small decision today, ask Him for His wisdom, believe you have it, thank Him for His wisdom and then make the decision right away. Make a list of decisions that have been plaguing you and do one or more a day until they are all checked off. Once you make a decision, never look back like Lots wife. Leave it in God’s qualified hands and embrace your walk towards freedom from fear and doubt, one step at a time. Do the same thing tomorrow and the next until you extinguish all of the tormenting fear in your life.
for we walk by faith, not by sight— we are of good courage, 2 Cor 5:7-8a NAS
Now take a deep breath and decide to implement this plan today.
I feel your burden being lifted off by God right now, don’t you?
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And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. Luke 22:20