Prairie Winds of Doubt

“When we ask anything of God be sure that our faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is an unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.” James 1:6 (NLT)

Doubt! Do you find yourself doubting the Lord? I have, many times over on my Jesus Journey. I have suffered “needless pain, “all because I did not carry everything to God in prayer”. (hymnary.org) “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”). We are called to have faith in God (2 Corinthians 5:7), to trust Him (Isaiah 26:3), to cast all our cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7). There is so much in God’s word that guides us yet we still doubt. We want to see God; feel His touch; see things happening right now (1 Corinthians 13:12).  When we are tossed by the winds of life James 1:6 reminds us that “when we ask anything of God be sure that our faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is an unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.”

Let’s talk about that wind. Many songs and poems have tried to explain what it does, where it comes from or where it goes. Walking in the wind it can be relentless, forceful, unbending and strong.  We are at the mercy of which way the wind happens to blow the strongest at the moment.

I lived near the ocean for forty years and wind over the water is fierce; it renders boats and swimmers helpless. Living on the prairie, I can speak of the prairie wind and its relentlessness.  When a believer encounters winds of doubt on their Jesus Journey they experience a serious blight on their conscious. Guilt rears its ugly head! It seems relentless.

“Doubt is something we go through, so how do we go through it in the best way possible?” Meditate on these words, “Christians who trust God look into His word and they act on what they see there.”These words stood out; trust, look, act!  “No doubting, no wavering, no cowering.” (www.lwf.org.)

“Un-doubtable faith comes through saturating yourself in God’s word, intentionally

giving way to the Holy Spirit, and showing our love by obeying our Lord’s commands.”(Ibid) I want to encourage you to know that it takes time, but it happens as you remain consistent in your walk with Jesus.

Nancy Bjorklund

Nancy visits the Titus II Ministry blog throughout the year with inspiration and poetic writing. She lives in Nebraska with her husband, Bob, and they are the parents to four grown children as well grandparents and great-grandparents. She holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska in education. Her much loved verse comes from Proverbs 3:5 and 6, “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths”.

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