Dealing with Instability

We all enjoy life when we know that we are living on a firm foundation. You might build your foundation in a different way than I would, but nonetheless we both do not enjoy being on shaky ground. There are some times, however, where we find ourselves on shaky ground and we can’t figure out how we got there. If that weren’t enough, in those same times it can be hard to find a way to rediscover the stability we enjoy in life. For you who are my brothers and sisters in Christ, let me offer one thought that can put you and me on the right path to restoring stability in our lives. You and I have got to learn to eliminate doubt from our lives!

Before you navigate your browser away from this post, let me say that I know removing doubt from our lives is not easy. My guess is that you have had circumstances in your life where doubt was a daily occurrence. One person may doubt they will ever find financial security, while another may be doubting they will ever enjoy their relationship with a spouse or loved on again. Typically after living so long with doubts about an issue, we often begin to approach everything we do with doubts that our situations will improve. However, God’s word would still encourage us to seek our gain without doubting.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 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.” James 1:5-8 [ESV]

This passage is talking about the acquisition of wisdom.  Wisdom is the key to successful Christian living, and it will be the Father’s wisdom that allows us to face the struggles of doubt, temptations, or oppression that bombard our lives. James lets us know that those who doubt should not expect anything from the Lord when they seek Him. Why would that be if he has also just said the Lord gives to all without reproach? Could it be that when The Lord gives us the wisdom we seek, we’ll just pass over it while we cling to our doubt?

I would be willing to guess that many of the times you and I battle doubt will be in situations that we know what the Lord wants us to do, but we do not see a “comfortable” way to do it. I know that many believers struggle with making prayer a consistent part of their daily lives. One such reason for this problem isn’t that we do not know God has the ability to answer our prayers, but rather we doubt He will act in the life of little ol’ me. This is clearly the double-mindedness that James speaks of. How can we tell God of our need for comfort while we continue to expect the situation to get worse? How can such thinking lead to stable lives?

The best way to enjoy the life Jesus has for us is for you and me to trust what He says, and live it out in our day to day lives. I know personally how doubt has at times created a very unstable environment at my church or in my own family’s life. It stands to reason that if we want God to work, we need to trust that He will and do our part to prepare our lives for when He meets the need we give to Him. Also, take some time to look around you, and see if you can encourage someone else who is stuck on shaky ground battling their doubt too. There are times in our lives when just helping each other through the uncertain times will be God’s way of restoring the stability to our lives.

Written by Timothy Hegerich. Edited by Caroline Hegerich.

There is truth in our world, and it lies within the word of the One who created the world.  It is my prayer that my thoughts and writings echo this truth and inspire you to seek it for your life today!

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