Waves of Doubt

May 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Personal Growth

Not too long ago I visited the beach in the town where I grew up.  I was amazed at the amount of sand lost due to erosion from summer storms.  I don't know how many thousands of dollars the state spent on beach restoration, but a good twenty-five feet of it was now back at sea.  This day, it was easy to understand why.  The wind, so strong it blew the huge beach flags almost perpendicular to the ground, crashed salty waves into the sandy shore.  The ocean churned with each mighty wave acting as a giant scoop taking more sand out into the open waters.

As I stood there taking in this tangible example of God's power, I thought of James’ depiction of faith and doubt.  The person who doubts, he says, is like the wind-driven waves at the beach unstable and unable to hold ground.  The doubt and fear plagued person eventually loses his footing and is taken out to sea.  James goes on to say, God does not want us to be double-minded, swaying this way one minute and then the other the next.  He wants us to be of sound mind, at one with His mind.  It is only with His mind as our source of true wisdom that we will be able to stop the daily erosion the storms of life will bring.

PRAYER: Lord, anchor me to your teachings so I will not be tossed about by the storms of life, or taken out to sea by the winds of change.

“But he must ask in faith without doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed around by the wind,” James 1:6 NET.

Today’s devotion is by Cheri Cowell, Asbury Theological Seminary student, known as author and speaker on the deep questions of faith. Her first book Direction: Discernment for the Decisions of Your Life (Beacon Hill) is being called a biblically-sound, no nonsense approach to making God-centered life choices. For comments or to inquire about her speaking schedule, visit www.DirectionAndDiscernment.com/.

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