Esther 4:14b

"...and who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this."

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Believe and Not Doubt

As I was talking with my hubby a few minutes ago and we were discussing some bills that were due that we don't know where the money is going to come from, this passage popped into my head:

James 1:2-12

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 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 should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower. For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business.

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him."

I know this passage speaks in regards to asking for wisdom, but I think it applies to all of our prayers. What stuck me is this. How many times when I'm praying am I really focusing, TRULY BELIEVING, that God is listening and going to answer my prayers? Last night we were praying about our financial situation and we mentioned that God has all the money in the world at His disposal; thus, He is more than capable to provide for all our needs. Our job is to not doubt.

I must confess I'm not doing to good in the not doubting area. It's actually more that I'm just ignoring it by not stressing about it and hoping it will just eventually go away. We're trying to solve it with human effort. And, while I believe God will bless my husband as he works earnestly to grow his business and gain new clients and will help us both to be better stewards of our funds (especially me in regards to not shopping so much...even if I do just buy a few things on clearance. A few dollars here and there adds up.) the blessings He has in store for us are even greater than we can begin to imagine or ever achieve on our own.

All He requires of us is that we believe and not doubt.

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