Most Christians say they believe the Bible is true, but do we really act like it? Too often, we let doubt linger concerning things that are already settled in God’s word. There is an interesting account in the first chapter of James that points out the dangers of doubting. “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.” James continues, “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 …. He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:5-6, 8).
Sometimes, we over-complicate things when we should just take God at His word! In this passage, verse 5 clearly says that if we ask God for wisdom, He will give us wisdom in abundance. So, if we believe that, we should act like it! As we pray for wisdom, we can be confident that the decisions we make are being directed by God. We shouldn’t keep questioning our ability to hear from Him. Instead, we should be confident that we are truly being led by God.
Several months ago, I faced a difficult decision I needed to make. Even though I felt that I knew the right steps to take, I hesitated to take any action, because I questioned my judgment. However, one morning, I felt led by God to meditate on Psalm 40:2, which says that the Lord has “set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.” I realized that if I truly believed God had established my steps, I needed to act like it! I had to stop second-guessing myself and trust that God was guiding my steps. I made a decision to take action as I felt led, and the decision proved to be the right one. God is faithful to give us His word in season, and we must be faithful to act on it!
Too many times, we place a question mark at the end of God’s promises. For example, when we need healing, we can read a scripture like Isaiah 53:5 that says, “By His stripes, we are healed.” Even though there is a period at the end of that statement, we sometimes place our own question mark there. We might pray for healing but still question if God will actually bring the healing. When we face a financial need, we can read a scripture like Philippians 4:19 that says, “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Again, even though there is a period at the end of that promise, we tend to add a question mark. Will my need really be met? Will God really come through? That question mark doesn’t belong! Simply take God at His word. By His stripes we are healed – period. My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus – period.
So, let’s stop placing question marks at the end of God’s promises and instead take God’s word for what it is. Don’t let doubt slow you down; just believe God and follow Him with confidence. When you do, you can be “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58). Trust God, and act like His word is true for you today!