James 1: 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 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. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
I felt today I should speak about the topic of doubting in faith. Coming from my previous atheistic mindset, I have done my fair share of doubting God, to the extreme of doubting His existence completely.
Doubting is a struggle many Christians face, some carrying a great amount of shame with it. I have found that when ny heart fills with fear, it is really thinking: what if God doesn’t show up? What if I am on my own? What if what I feel is all made up?
Doubting is natural and we don’t need to carry shame. As long as it doesn’t pull us away from God or effect our actions. Doubt should compel us to ask questions: what is the context of this challenging verse? Am I not looking at this verse in context? Asking questions and getting answers strengthens our faith.
In this chapter James is telling us to ask God for assistance in faith and to not doubt a response. I think this doubt may be different than a doubt in God’s existence or having doubts about the bible. This verse is spoken to beilevers who are praying to God for assistance. I think James is saying: “If you are praying to God for help, do so in faith, trust God will come through. Don’t ask Him for something and then take things into your own hands again. That’s not trusting God. Besides, you are making things harder for yourself by making a mess of things.”
Let’s be confident in our requests and prayer. We can be sure that when a trouble heart cries out and is answered by God, faith will be restored.