‘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. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.’
The one who doubts get… nothing. In the litany of good gifts from God, ‘nothing’ is an embarrassing gift. But in the catalog of consequence & punishment, there is no more horrifying a penalty than ‘nothing from God’. Imagine a place where God offers nothing – no peace & no joy; no delight & no purpose – what a hell that would be. In fact, that is Hell, to be broken off from the root that gives growth (Romans 11). But here on this side of eternity, doubt elicits a hellish non-response from God. Just sit on the scriptural stance that the doubter ‘must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord’.
And I doubt! I doubt my calling, my abilities, my God in using me, the love God has graciously & overwhelming bestowed on me, his provision for me, the mercies of each new day, & his hand on my present place… so that makes me an expert in nothing. Those low places, uncertain moments that elicit doubt, have birthed in me a phenomenal aptitude to get nothing good from God. And I know a lot about nothing!
But what may be most convicting is not the reality that my ‘nothing’ moments are really a result of my own doubting, but that my response to those silences are usually a blame-shifting session where God is at fault for not blessing & leading me… in the middle of my unbelief.
‘He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.’ Yes he is. Yes, I am. Or at least, that’s exactly who I become when I doubt my Lord. And I do not want that.
I want to be a blessed man, steadfast in my affection for God & certain that God loves me & is set to bless me. And mindful of how James 1 so accurately defines me, I will pray Psalm 67 over me:
‘May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!’
Be blessed today & trust that God is for you.