Gail Rodgers Sharing the Journey

Growing My Faith Part 03 - Tossed About

Tracy believed God could answer prayer. Some days her faith was strong and she believed God would give her the wisdom she needed. Other days she just didn’t believe He would and her faith wavered. She knew many of her Christian friends rode this same roller coaster of believing God one day and doubting the next. Was it just part of the normal Christian life?

Tracy read a verse in the Bible that gave her new understanding. She realized God was telling her this did not need to be the pattern of her life. Listen to what God says…

“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man (or woman) should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.” James 1:5-8

Tracy realized instability had been a characteristic in her life lately. She was bouncing around in her decisions as if tossed by the wind. She hadn’t realized it was a result of simply not believing God would generously give her the wisdom she needed.

It’s not hard to fall into doubting, especially if God seems to have you in His waiting room. Yet unbelief will result in that feeling of being tossed about on the sea, directionless and unstable. If your trust in God’s ability to give you the wisdom is wavering, then take action. You can move from being “double minded” to walking in faith. God will help you.

  • Admit you find it hard to believe God will give you the wisdom you need.
  • Ask Him to forgive when you doubt.
  • Ask Him to increase your faith.
  • Ask Him afresh to generously give you the wisdom you need.
  • Deal with doubting thoughts the moment they enter your mind. Capture them and ask God for renewed faith. (2 Cor. 10:5)

God desires to walk with us and help us every step of our journey. As we depend on Him to steady us in our faith He will keep us steady in all we do. Lean hard on Him today and look for the wisdom He will send through His Word, through other people and through unexpected understanding. Expect to receive the wisdom He so generously offers.

prayer & reflection

Father God,
Thank you that You understand my faith wavers at times. Thank you for the wisdom You offer me generously. Help me today, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to put aside my unbelief. Help me to find my stability in unwavering faith, believing You will guide me with Your divine wisdom every step of my way. Increase my faith today.
I ask this in the strong name of Jesus, Amen.