Monday, August 24, 2009

James, chapter 1 revisited

I am back. Sure, I don't feel any closer to any answers than I did before this most recent hiatus, but I did want to come back for a short time. For those of you who have read this blog for awhile, you know that I began writing here with the book of James. It is, by far, my favorite book in the Bible. I wanted to return to it this week because I was reading it once again this morning. As is often the case with God's Word, it has something different to say to me this time, so here are my thoughts.

5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6But 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. 7That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. – James 1:5-8

If there is one thing I know about lately, it is doubt. I have doubted myself, other people, and sometimes the actual wisdom of God. Shoot, I have even struggled with doubt about the existence of God. I can speak from personal experience that this is indeed true. I have felt tossed about like a wave on the sea of late, but I have no idea where the answers I seek will come from.

Fortunately, we know that true doubt is not necessarily a bad thing. The only problem is when we doubt that God's Word can be trusted. Now I admit that it is probably not a good thing to question the very existence of God, but I have no doubt that if He exists, He is indeed in control. There is no way an all-powerful begin such as Him couldn't be in control.

12Blessed 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. – James 1:12

A major theme of this chapter is one of perseverance. My favorite verse in the Bible is James 1:4, referring to how perseverance must finish its work in us. I think that is why I am going through everything I am going through right now. Doubt is something that can be overcome, but only through the perseverance that comes from sticking through these tough times.

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