What is faith to the Christian believer? I want to answer this question before we get into why Christians or other others waver in their faith. The basic definition of ‘Faith’ is defined as belief with strong conviction, firm belief in something for which there may be no tangible proof, complete trust, confidence, reliance or devotion. ‘Faith’ is the opposite of doubt. To the Christian, faith is the experience of living in a dynamic and personal relationship with God through the transforming and indwelling power of Jesus in your body and life. We will explore and express why we all sometimes waver in our faith, as well as, what happens when we waver in our faith? The central focus of this article will be why we sometimes doubt God and rely on other things or people regarding our faith. This article may seem like it is focus on the Christians, but it is also focus on the non-believer as well. To the non-believer we want express a better way or a ultimate solution to your situation of doubt in your life.
In James 1:1-8 it states …James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings. 2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. By wisdom James is talking not only knowledge, but about the ability to make decisions in difficult circumstances. Whatever we need wisdom, we can pray to God, and God will generously supply what we need. Christians don’t have to grope around in the dark, hoping to stumble upon answers. We can ask for God’s wisdom to guide our choices. Wisdom also means practical discernment. It begins with respect for God, leads to right living, and results in increased ability to tell right from wrong. God is willing to give us this wisdom, but we will be unable to receive it if our goals are self-centered instead of God-centered. To learn God’s will, we need to read God’s word and ask God to show us how to obey it. Then we must do what God tells us.
To ‘ask in faith, with not doubt’ means not only believing in the existence of God, but believing in his loving care. It includes relying on God and expecting that he will hear and answer when we pray. We must put away our critical attitude when we come to God. God does not grant every thoughtless or selfish request. We must have confidence that God will align our desires with his purpose. A mind that always wavers is not completely convinced that God’s way is best. It treats God’s word like any human advice, and it retains the option to disobey God way or answer. It vacillates between allegiance to subjective feelings, the world’s ideas, and God’s commands. If your faith is new, weak, or struggling, remember that you can trust God. Then be loyal to God. To stabilize your wavering or doubting mind, commit yourself wholeheartedly to God. If you have ever seen the constant rolling of huge waves at sea, you know how restless they are – subject to the forces of wind, gravity, and tide. Doubt leaves a person as unsettled as the restless waves. If you want to stop being tossed about, rely on God to show you what is best for you. Ask him for wisdom and trust that God will give it to you. Then your decisions will be sure and solid, not like the double-minded man who always waver in their faith or any difficult decision that may have to make in their life.
Now that we explain what God wants you to do with your wavering faith, lets talk about why we waver and what happen when we do. One reason why waver in our faith is that we allow our feelings to overcome our faith. Whether you a Christian or not all of us from time to time let our emotions take control of our reasoning. For example, lets say you are trying to convince a relative to do something that you know will help them. They refuse to listen to you and instead tell you to go to hell and mine your business. You can lose your cool in this situation because your relative may have had this problem a long time, but the best thing to do in this situation is place this situation in God’s hands. If you are not a Christian you may rely on a worldly idea that very well may blow up in your face, or make this situation worse. Another reason we waver in our faith is that we listen to the wrong advise. In any difficult situation the Christian knows that they can pray that God and have faith God will answer their pray. If you are not a Christian, you may have to rely on people to give you advice. When you do this there is no guarantee that this advise will help you in your difficult situation, and if this is a life changing situation you are playing Russian roulette with your life.
Still another reason a people may waver in their faith is that we focus too much on our circumstances. This may have happen to all of us Christian or not. We have a relative or child very sick maybe even dying. We have done everything we can to help this sick person get well, you have done everything the doctors have told you to do. But this relative is getting worse not better. What can you do now. The Christians understands that God can heal this relative through their prayers they have faith that their relative will be well. The person who is not a Christian can only hope that something will happen of which they have no idea to make their relative well. Sometimes in situations like this on we all have to let go and let God. The situation is beyond our abilities to solve. This is when you have hand the situation to God and trust in God that everything will be alright. Another reason we waver in our faith is that we may be carrying some guilt or sin we did in the past. Guilt can cause a person to do a lot of things which will not be good. Some people even disguise their guilt with the phrase “The Devil Made Me Do It!!!” Knowing very well they wanted to do it all alone. People that are caught up in these situation carry the hurt of guilt sometimes for many years. They see know way that God or anyone can for give them for the horrible sin they committed. But the Christian knows that this is not true. God will forgive for all your sins no matter how horrible they may be. Christians know from reading God’s word that there are many examples where God forgive man for horrible sins. One example, is the apostle, Paul, who pursecuted many Christains before God forgave him and made him an apostle. However, the greatest gift of forgiveness was Jesus Christ death on the cross for all of mankind sins.
So whether you are a Christain or not you don’t have to waver in your faith. God will answer all of your prayer if you have faith in God. God will answer your prayer if you believe that Jesus died on the cross for all of your sins. God will answer all your prayers if you believe and trust in God’s ways and not the world ways. The Christain with real faith never doubt God or their situations. You can have that same assurance if you believe in God and not just yourself. I submitted a gospel video related to this article. Enjoy the video. Always remember, “Keep the Faith, and God Loves You and So Do I”
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Written by Kofi Baruti